HORIBA welcomes back Raman expert to UK Technical Team

HORIBA UK Ltd. is pleased to welcome back Dr. Simon FitzGerald to its Scientific team in the role of Technical Manager. He will lead the company’s team of application and product specialists to help further HORIBA’s position as a world-leading manufacturer of spectroscopic instrumentation.

Dr. FitzGerald will also work closely with users across the United Kingdom and Ireland, to help identify new application areas applicable to the broad HORIBA product portfolio. His first major task will be to lead the organization and scientific content of RamanFest 2019, the international conference on advanced applied Raman spectroscopy, which will be held in Oxford, UK, in June, 2019.


Simon gained his doctorate from Durham University in the field of steady-state and time-resolved nanosecond fluorescence, and joined HORIBA UK Ltd in 2002.  He enjoyed a number of sales, applications and customer support roles before moving to HORIBA’s Raman center of excellence in Lille, France as a Product Manager. During this time, he was involved in developing new applications for HORIBA’s core technologies, and worked with scientists across the country in many diverse fields, including catalysis, disease diagnosis, forensics, gemstones, geology/mineralogy, materials science, micro-biology, quantum dots, semiconductor science etc.  As Product Manager, he led the revitalization of HORIBA’s LabSpec software, including developments of new functionality, such as 3D imaging and ParticleFinder™, the automated particle Raman analyzer from HORIBA.  After a few years working outside the HORIBA group as a Product Manager for trace explosive detectors used within aviation security, Simon decided to return to HORIBA UK Ltd.

“I am looking forward to embedding myself back into the UK scientific community, and working with researchers to further science through the application of HORIBA’s analyzers,” he said. “HORIBA Scientific is rightly known as a leader in measurement and analytical devices, and I want to ensure that we work closely with our customers to further their analyses and research with our equipment. Close customer collaboration will also allow us to identify new areas where our products can make a difference, and springboard development of new solutions to address the need of scientists across the world.”

Chris Kemp, Director at HORIBA UK Ltd, said, “We are very excited to welcome Simon back to HORIBA and to be part of the Scientific Segment at HORIBA UK. I can think of no one better to lead our technical and application teams for the benefit of both the company and our customers.”

HORIBA offers a wealth of information on the history of Raman and our innovations at: https://www.horiba.com/en_en/50yearsraman/



About HORIBA Scientific

HORIBA Scientific, part of HORIBA Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in the United States, provides an extensive array of instruments and solutions for applications across a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. HORIBA Scientific is a world leader in OEM Spectroscopy, elemental analysis, fluorescence (including the PTI brand), forensics, GDS, ICP, particle characterization, Raman, spectroscopic ellipsometry, sulphur-in-oil, SPRi and water quality measurements, as well as XRF. Our instruments are found in universities and industries around the world. Proven quality and trusted performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA Brand.

HORIBA supplies over 500 types of scientific analyzers to universities, research institutions, various manufacturing industries and the government. In some of the most advanced science and technologies, HORIBA provides multi-faceted data solutions for what are niche markets – assisting the most cutting-edge research in the tackling of uncharted territories.

Building on a long tradition of pursuing innovative technology to advance scientific efforts, HORIBA Instruments Incorporated has acquired and assimilated renowned companies such as Société Générale d’Optique (1969), SPEX (1988), Dilor (1995), SOFIE (1996), Jobin Yvon (1997), IBH (2003), GenOptics (2009), and Photon Technology International (2014).

The HORIBA Group is a global company that offers solutions and engineering services, based on our strong performance in developing and manufacturing instruments and products in the analysis and measurement fields. With “Explore the Future” as its brand message, HORIBA has been pursuing state-of-the-art analysis and measurement technology since its establishment in 1945. Founded in the historic city of Kyoto, Japan, it has grown steadily throughout its 70 years of business, and is now providing services worldwide as the leader in the analysis technology field. 

We engage in five different business segments with high value added products and services: Automotive Test Systems, Medical-Diagnostic Instruments and Systems, Semiconductor Instruments and Systems, Scientific Instruments and Systems, and Process and Environmental Instruments and Systems. We have established an optimal number of business bases in Japan, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.