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Prof Gerald S. Buller was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965. He graduated with BSc (Hons) Natural Philosophy from the University of Glasgow in 1986 and PhD in Physics from Heriot‑Watt University in 1989. In 1990, Prof Buller became a Lecturer in Physics at Heriot‑Watt University, was promoted to Reader in 2000 and made a Professor in 2006.
Prof Buller's research interests are mainly associated with photon‑counting technology and applications, including quantum key distribution, quantum imaging, time‑of‑flight ranging and imaging. He also has wider interests in semiconductor optoelectronic devices and optical thin film multilayer structures.
Prof Buller co‑founded TeraHertz Photonics Ltd. in 1998 and Helia Photonics Ltd. in 2001. He is currently Company Director of Helia Photonics Ltd.. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, a Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), member of the Science and Innovation Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prof Buller was the founding Head of Heriot‑Watt’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS) and led IPaQS from 2012 until 2015. In 2015, Professor Buller was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Established Career Fellowship in Quantum Technology.
Prof Buller's outside interests are mountain biking, gym training, long‑distance running, swimming and painting/drawing.