Colin Samuel Parry was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1986. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics in 2007. After his graduation, Colin decided he wished to continue working in the field of physics and accepted a PhD position at Heriot‑Watt University in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) under the supervision of Professor Gerald S. Buller and following on from previous work by Dr Robert J. Collins. He left the group in 2008 for personal reasons.
In his spare time, Colin was club secretary for local Stirling Albion supporters team, Beechwood Albion, for whom he played in goals. He also enjoyed badminton and reading historical fiction.