Professor John Daugman OBE FREng
Professor of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, University of Cambridge

John Daugman invented iris recognition, which is by far the most robust biometric for automatic visual identification of persons.  His algorithms have been deployed in border control systems around the world, in access control, and in national ID schemes. Today the technology is being fielded in India for the world's largest ever population registration system: 1.2 billion people in three years, now more than halfway completed. He also developed the underlying wavelet-based method of image coding and analysis that is widely accepted in computational neuroscience for modelling vision, and which is also used in many other computer vision applications.