Elected: 2017
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Derryck Telford Reid FRSE

Professor of Physics and Head of Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.

Professor Derryck Reid is a physicist who has been Head of Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University since 2015. His research interests are in developing lasers that produce light pulses lasting only for a few thousandths of a trillionth of one second and applying them in astronomy, spectroscopy, metrology and microscopy. This research is motivated by its potential for real-world exploitation, and a substantial fraction is carried out in collaboration with industry in the UK and abroad.