Elected: 1998
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Peter Brian Denyer FREng FRSE
Peter Denyer was a unique combination of electronics engineer, distinguished academic, inventor, company CEO and multiple entrepreneur. He pioneered CMOS image sensor chips for many applications including, most famously, mobile phones. He was the first academic to bring a Scottish University spin-out company to PLC (London Stock Exchange). To his students and close colleagues, he was an inspirational teacher and dynamic leader, a supportive and generous friend.

Peter studied Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, where he graduated with First Class Honours in 1975. He worked for a short time at GCHQ and then moved to Edinburgh, designing LSI Circuits for Ferranti Defence Systems and later at Wolfson Microelectronics, including a digital micrometer and CCD signal processing arrays for sonar pulse compression. At the same time, he studied parttime for a PhD at Edinburgh University. Peter excelled as both an undergraduate and a PhD student. He showed early interest in company start-ups, working for a year as cofounder and Director of the LSI design house DenyerWalmsley Microelectronics Ltd.

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