Douglas Paul has an MA degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics and a PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
He presently holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Emerging Technologies and he previously held an EPSRC Quantum Technology Fellowship awarded to provide leadership for the UK Quantum Technology Programme and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He was the first Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a chartered physicist, a chartered engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE.
He was the recipient of the Institute of Physics President's Medal in 2014.
His research interests include silicon nanowires, quantum technologies (MEMS gravimeters, micro cold atom systems, Ge on Si single photon avalanche detectors (SPADs)), integrated mid-infrared sensors and SiGe THz quantum cascade lasers. The funded work aims to use quantum technology to develop secure LiDAR systems, cold-atom atomic clocks, accelerometers and rotation sensors that can be manufactured on single silicon chips and used for navigation without any reliance on satellites. The mid-infrared work is aimed at delivering personalised healthcare sensors identifying markers for early stages of disease whilst the SPADs are also aimed at integrated quantum communication systems as well as LiDAR.
He has supervised over 30 PhD students and 29 post doctoral researchers in Cambridge and Glasgow.
He has been principle investigator on over £42M of collaborative grants which included 10 Innovate UK grants with UK industry over the past 3 years and has multiple research contracts from industry. He is a partner in 3 of the 4 UK Quantum Technology Hubs.
He frequently gives outreach talks to the public at a range of events around the UK and annually gives invited presentations at many international conferences.
Prof Paul presently sits on a number of government department committees and previously sat on the Home Office CBRN Scientific Advisory Committee. He was the U.K. representative to the NATO CBP Science Panel.
When not working Doug can frequently been seen out with the family or on a bicycle on the hills and paths around Glasgow. He sill tries to find time to play the piano as well as keeping abreast of good wines after being a Wine Steward at St Edmund's College for many years.