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Carl Pidgeon is professor of semiconductor physics at Heriot Watt University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Institute of Physics. In 1995 he became Coordinator of the EPSRC/FOM laser science programme at the Dutch Free Electron Laser (FEL - acronym FELIX), as well as continuing to be leader of the consortium and principal investigator of the UK semiconductor physics programme at FELIX. On his retirement in 2003 he passed on this role to B N Murdin, with whom he actively collaborates.