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MBE for University of Lincoln professor

Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering Nigel Allinson has joined the list of people being recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Saturday, June 16.

Professor Allinson, whose research in image engineering is contributing to major advances in police crime scene investigation and medicine, will receive the MBE for services to engineering.

He said: “I am proud and thrilled to receive this honour, but it is of course very much in recognition of all the team here at Lincoln and those I’ve worked with during my 30-year academic career.”

Professor Allison is the inventor of the world’s largest silicon imager and leads a team of image engineers at the University of Lincoln. He is also a Visiting Chair of Materials at the University of Oxford.

The internationally-renowned academic has led a number of high-profile forensic science projects within the criminal justice system and homeland security.

Allinson used computer imaging to identify criminals by their shoeprints, and by speeding up the transmission of fingerprint information he helped reduce the time to achieve an identification from days to minutes.

This technology is currently in use with three-quarters of UK police forces.

In 2006 Professor Nigel Allinson was rated as the Times Higher Education’s top academic entrepreneur.

The University of Lincoln Professor can now add the MBE title to his long list of achievements.