Richard Friend

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Richard Friend
Richard Friend.jpg
Friend in Finland in 2010
Born Richard Henry Friend
(1953-01-18) 18 January 1953 (age 62)[1]
Alma mater
Thesis Transport properties and lattice instabilities in one and two dimensional metals (1979)
Doctoral advisor
  • Abraham Yoffe[3]
  • Denis Jérome[2]
Doctoral students Henry Snaith[4][5]
Known for
Notable awards
Spouse Carol Anne Maxwell (née Beales)[1]

Sir Richard Henry Friend (born 18 January 1953) FRS FREng[6] is Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. Friend's research concerns the physics and engineering of carbon-based semiconductors.[7]


Friend was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] gaining a PhD in 1979.[8]


Friend's research has been applied to development of polymer field effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic diodes, optically pumped lasing and directly printed polymer transistors. He pioneered the study of organic polymers and the electronic properties of molecular semiconductors. He is also one of the principal investigators in the new Cambridge-based Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) on nanotechnology and co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) and Plastic Logic. Friend has over 600 publications[9][10] and more than 20 patents.[citation needed] Friend’s research has been used to develop flat panel displays and future screens that can be rolled and transported.

Awards and honours[edit]

In March 2003 Friend won the IEE's Faraday Medal. He was knighted for "services to physics" in the 2003 Birthday Honours.

In 2010, Friend was elected as one of the three laureates of Millennium Technology Prize for the development of plastic electronics.[11]

In 2011 he was awarded the Harvey Prize of the Technion in Israel.[12] He is a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow[6] of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002.

His nomation for the Royal Society reads:

Personal life[edit]

Friend is married to Carol Anne Maxwell (née Beales) with whom he has two daughters.[1] His brother[14] Peter Friend is a professor of transplantation and director of the Oxford Transplant Centre.


  1. ^ a b c d e FRIEND, Sir Richard (Henry). Who's Who 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Alan Macfarlane. "Interview of Sir Richard Friend". Cambridge University DSpace. 
  3. ^ Richard Friend at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Snaith, H. J.; Arias, A. C.; Morteani, A. C.; Silva, C.; Friend, R. H. (2002). "Charge Generation Kinetics and Transport Mechanisms in Blended Polyfluorene Photovoltaic Devices". Nano Letters 2 (12): 1353. doi:10.1021/nl0257418. 
  5. ^ Snaith, Henry James (2005). Polymer based photovoltaic diodes (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890157906. 
  6. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". 
  7. ^ "Professor Sir Richard Friend". Optoelectronics group, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
  8. ^ Friend, Richard Henry (1979). Transport properties and lattice instabilities in one and two dimensional metals (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  9. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  10. ^ Richard Friend's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  11. ^ "Professor Sir Richard Friend: Developer of plastic electronics". Millennium Prize. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Harvey Prize 2011
  13. ^ "EC/1993/12: Friend, Richard Henry. Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-04-02. 
  14. ^ "EPSRC Council Members Declarations of Interest 2015/16" p4