Deputy Principal for Strategy and Resources, Heriot Watt University Julian Jones gained his BSc and PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Since 1988, he has been at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, establishing a research group in optical fibre sensors, optical instrumentation and laser-material interactions; he has over 500 publications. In 1992 he became Professor of Engineering Optics, in 1998 Head of Physics and in 2002 Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2007, he became Deputy Principal for Strategy and Resources. He is a Director of OptoSci Ltd, a member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Photonics Leadership Group and Chair of the IOP Scottish Education Committee. He has been a member of the Council of the IOP, Chair of the Institute in Scotland, President of the UK Consortium for Photonics and Optics, a member of the Technical Opportunities Panel of the EPSRC, and the RCUK Basic Technologies Strategic Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Physics. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours of 2002, ‘for services to science and engineering’.