Bachelor in Engineering, Cambridge (England) University, 1977. Master in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University Liverpool, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University Sheffield, 1982.
Research associate University Sheffield, 1980-1983, university research scientist, 1983-1986. Lecturer University Glasgow, 1986-1990, senior lecturer, 1990-1994, reader, 1994-1996, professor optoelectronics system, since 1996. Director, founder, chief technical officer Intense Photonics Ltd., since 2000.
Director North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advanced Study Institute, Glasgow, 1990, Compound Semicondr. Technologies Ltd., 1999-2000.
School governor Balby Carr School, Woodfield Middle, Nightingale First, Doncaster, 1984-1986. Fellow Royal Society Arts, Institution Electrical Engineers (United Kingdom), Royal Society Edinburgh, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (founding chairman Scottish chapter vice president finance and administration since 2003, member Europe, Mid-East and Africa, 1999-2001, board governor 2001-2003), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electron Devices Society, Optical Society of America.
Married Anabel Christine Mitchell, March 21, 1981.