David Jackson was awarded a BSc in Physics and Maths at the University of Southampton and PhD in Nuclear Physics at University of London.
In 1965 he joined the physics laboratory at the University of Kent where his main research interests were in laser light scattering. In 1976 and 1979 he spent sabbatical years at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, USA.; where he introduced the first closed loop fibre optic sensor.
Subsequently his research activities have been centred in this area where he has introduced many new concepts. He has authored or co-authored over 300 journal and 300 conference papers, plus several chapters in books on fibre optic sensors. He also has several patents. He has successfully supervised more than 40 PhD students and post docs, ten of which have become full Professors. He was Head of the Applied Optics Group Kent before he retired in 2005. He is now Emeritus Professor of Applied optics at the University of Kent where he remains research active.