Arthur Lowery graduated with a PhD from the University of Nottingham. His academic career started there, with work in numerical simulation of semiconductor lasers. In 1990 he moved to the University of Melbourne working on mode-locked lasers, laser rangers, semiconductor optical amplifiers and photonic switching. Lowery is the founder to two companies specialising in photonics: VPI systems (previously Virtual Photonics), founded in 1996 and Ofidium, founded in 2008. He joined Monash University in 2004 working on optical OFDM with Professor Jean Armstrong.
Lowery became Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering in 2008, and still holds this position. He has received numerous accolades, including the Clunies Ross Award from the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, as well as being elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for leadership in computer modelling of optical communications systems in 2009. Since 2010, Lowery has been leading Monash University Vision Group’s development of a bionic eye using a cortical implant.