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Danielle George
Danielle George in 2014
Danielle Amanda Kettle

(1976-01-27) 27 January 1976 (age 48)[3][4]
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
EducationKenton School
Alma mater
SpouseRichard George[4]
Childrenone daughter[3]
AwardsRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures (2014)[1]
Michael Faraday Prize (2018)
Scientific career
ThesisCharacterisation of low noise devices for radio astronomy applications (2006)
Doctoral advisorRobin Sloan[2]
Websitewww.manchester.ac.uk/research/danielle.george Edit this at Wikidata

Danielle Amanda George CBE FIET (née Kettle; born 27 January 1976[3][4]) is a Professor of Radio frequency engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester in the UK.[5][6] George became the 139th President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in October 2020.[7]


George was born to a car mechanic father and a mother who taught children with special needs, and is the middle of three sisters.[8] She grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne[4] and was educated at Kenton School[9] and the University of Liverpool where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics.[3]

After her Master of Science degree in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester,[10] she worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO), as a radio frequency engineer. Alongside her engineering work, she completed a PhD degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) for research on low-noise amplifiers.[2]

Career and research[edit]

George worked at JBO as a senior microwave engineer until 2006, when she was appointed a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She was promoted to Professor at the age of 38 in 2014.[4] She served as editor of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering & Education 2013[11] to 2014.[12] George's research[13][14][15][16] and development investigates low noise receivers[17][18][19][20] and particularly:

George is the UK lead for amplifiers in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and the European Space Agency on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang.[4][22]

George's research has been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)[23] and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).[21] She is co-founder of the Manchester Recycled Robot Orchestra.[citation needed]

In 2017, she and Christophe Galfard (a former Ph.D. student of Stephen Hawking), presented The Search for a New Earth on BBC 2, exploring how and if humans could reach for the stars and then relocate to different planets. It had clips of Prof. Stephen Hawking talking about his various theories. "We can, and must, use our curiosity and intelligence to look to the stars".[24]

Honours and awards[edit]

George gave the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on how to hack your home.[4][25][26][27] At the time of the lectures, George was the sixth woman since 1825[28] to present the Christmas lectures, following Susan Greenfield (1994), Nancy Rothwell (1998), Monica Grady (2003), Sue Hartley (2009) and Alison Woollard (2013). The lectures included a live conversation with Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station[29] and turning the Shell Centre in London into a giant game of tetris.[30][31][32] In 2016 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded her the Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering.[33]

George was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to engineering through public engagement[3][34] and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2024 New Year Honours for services to public engagement in engineering.[35]

George was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize by the Royal Society in 2018.[36] She is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET).[3]


  1. ^ "2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES – Sparks will fly: How to hack your home". Royal Institution. 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Kettle, Danielle Amanda (2006). Characterisation of low noise devices for radio astronomy applications. manchester.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. ISBN 9780438527249. OCLC 643620645. ProQuest 301639019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2020). "George, Prof. Danielle Amanda". Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U290608. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Danielle George, The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ Danielle George at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Danielle George publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "New IET President to champion engineering difference makers to inspire next generation of engineers". www.theiet.org. Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  8. ^ Attwood, Karen (28 December 2014). "Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Interview with Prof Danielle George". Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  10. ^ Kettle, Danielle Amanda (2006). Cosmic Microwave Background Interferometer Systems and the Very Small Array (MSc thesis). University of Manchester.
  11. ^ George, Danielle (2013). "Editorial: Looking ahead at electrical engineering education". International Journal of Electrical Engineering & Education. 50 (3): 213–216. doi:10.7227/IJEEE.50.3.1. S2CID 111930386.
  12. ^ "Sage buys engineering titles from Manchester University Press". Europa Science.
  13. ^ Davis, R. J.; Wilkinson, A.; Davies, R. D.; Winder, W. F.; Roddis, N.; Blackhurst, E. J.; Lawson, D.; Lowe, S. R.; Baines, C.; Butlin, M.; Galtress, A.; Shepherd, D.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Bersanelli, M.; Butler, R. C.; Castelli, C.; Cuttaia, F.; d'Arcangelo, O.; Gaier, T.; Hoyland, R.; Kettle, D.; Leonardi, R.; Mandolesi, N.; Mennella, A.; Meinhold, P.; Pospieszalski, M.; Stringhetti, L.; Tomasi, M.; et al. (2009). "Design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument". Journal of Instrumentation. 4 (12): T12002. arXiv:1001.4743. Bibcode:2009JInst...4T2002D. doi:10.1088/1748-0221/4/12/T12002. S2CID 53706770.
  14. ^ Kettle, D.; Roddis, N.; Sloan, R. (2005). "A Ka-band InP MMIC 180° phase switch". IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. 15 (6): 425. doi:10.1109/LMWC.2005.850562. S2CID 38688684.
  15. ^ Lowe, S. R.; Gawroński, M. P.; Wilkinson, P. N.; Kus, A. J.; Browne, I. W. A.; Pazderski, E.; Feiler, R.; Kettle, D. (2007). "30 GHz flux density measurements of the Caltech-Jodrell flat-spectrum sources with OCRA-p". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 474 (3): 1093. arXiv:0707.3368. Bibcode:2007A&A...474.1093L. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20078034. S2CID 119121103.
  16. ^ Bersanelli, M.; Mandolesi, N.; Butler, R. C.; Mennella, A.; Villa, F.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Artina, E.; Baccigalupi, C.; Balasini, M.; Baldan, G.; Banday, A.; Bastia, P.; Battaglia, P.; Bernardino, T.; Blackhurst, E.; Boschini, L.; Burigana, C.; Cafagna, G.; Cappellini, B.; Cavaliere, F.; Colombo, F.; Crone, G.; Cuttaia, F.; d'Arcangelo, O.; Danese, L.; Davies, R. D.; Davis, R. J.; De Angelis, L.; et al. (2010). "Planck pre-launch status: Design and description of the Low Frequency Instrument". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 520: A4. arXiv:1001.3321. Bibcode:2010A&A...520A...4B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200912853. S2CID 38028492.
  17. ^ "Professor Danielle George – personal details". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  18. ^ Mennella, A.; Bersanelli, M.; Butler, R. C.; Curto, A.; Cuttaia, F.; Davis, R. J.; Dick, J.; Frailis, M.; Galeotta, S.; Gregorio, A.; Kurki-Suonio, H.; Lawrence, C. R.; Leach, S.; Leahy, J. P.; Lowe, S.; Maino, D.; Mandolesi, N.; Maris, M.; Martínez-González, E.; Meinhold, P. R.; Morgante, G.; Pearson, D.; Perrotta, F.; Polenta, G.; Poutanen, T.; Sandri, M.; Seiffert, M. D.; Suur-Uski, A. -S.; Tavagnacco, D.; et al. (2011). "Planck early results. III. First assessment of the Low Frequency Instrument in-flight performance". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 536: A3. arXiv:1101.2038. Bibcode:2011A&A...536A...3M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201116480. S2CID 20910649.
  19. ^ Mennella, A.; Bersanelli, M.; Seiffert, M.; Kettle, D.; Roddis, N.; Wilkinson, A.; Meinhold, P. (2003). "Offset balancing in pseudo-correlation radiometers for CMB measurements". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 410 (3): 1089–1100. arXiv:astro-ph/0307558. Bibcode:2003A&A...410.1089M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20031266. S2CID 16273444.
  20. ^ Aja, B.; Artal, E.; de la Fuente, L.; Pascual, J. P.; Mediavilla, A.; Roddis, N.; Kettle, D.; Winder, W. F.; Cara, L. P.; De Paco, P. (2005). "Very low-noise differential radiometer at 30 GHz for the PLANCK LFI". IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 53 (6): 2050. Bibcode:2005ITMTT..53.2050A. doi:10.1109/TMTT.2005.848815. hdl:2117/1047. S2CID 11122210.
  21. ^ a b Wang, C.; George, D.; Green, P. R. (2014). Development of plough-able RFID sensor network systems for precision agriculture. 2014 IEEE Topical Conference on Wireless Sensors and Sensor Networks (WiSNet). p. 64. doi:10.1109/WiSNet.2014.6825502. ISBN 978-1-4799-2300-7. S2CID 14235264.
  22. ^ "Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET): Dr Danielle George". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  23. ^ "UK Government research grants awarded to Danielle George". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014.
  24. ^ "BBC Two - The Search for a New Earth". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  25. ^ Christmas lectures will reveal how to 'hack your home': Danielle George will demonstrate how common household devices can be transformed in ways that could change the world, by Ian Sample, The Guardian, 2014-08-19
  26. ^ "About the Christmas lectures 2014". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  27. ^ "Five minutes with Professor Danielle George". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  28. ^ Professor from Newcastle becomes only sixth woman to present Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, Newcastle Chronicle, 2014-08-19
  29. ^ ISS Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Talks About Life in Space with Danielle George on YouTube
  30. ^ Royal Institution Xmas Lectures – The Making of Tetris on the Shell Building on Vimeo
  31. ^ Skyscraper Tetris – Behind the Scenes – 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on YouTube
  32. ^ "Giant Tetris on a building; RI Xmas Lectures". section9.co.uk. 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015.
  33. ^ "On its way to a town near you: the UK's first robot orchestra". raeng.org.uk. Royal Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  34. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B18.
  35. ^ "No. 64269". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2023. p. N10.
  36. ^ "Michael Faraday Prize". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Retrieved 26 July 2018.