Dr Bill MacPherson

Job title
Member of Senate

External appointments

  • Past member of the Institute of Physics (Scotland) Committee
  • External Examiner


  • 1995: BSc (Hons), Applied Physics with Semiconductor Electronics, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2000: PhD in Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Thesis: ‘Fibre Optic Sensors for Applications in Turbomachinery Research’

Career history

  • 2014-present: Associate Professor in Physics
  • 2014-2018: Academic Head of Physics, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2006-2014: Lecturer in Physics, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2001-2016: EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow, Heriot-Watt University

Areas of research

My interests are in the area of using optics and optical fibres for instrumentation and measurement.  This is applied research, often carried out in collaboration with end users. Currently, this includes medical sensor development, condition monitoring applications and environmental monitoring projects.

Interests and hobbies

  • Outdoor pursuits: hillwalking, skiing and canoeing

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