Grant Thomson, Ph.D

Grant comes from Banchory, Scotland and graduated from University of Aberdeen with first-class honours in Physics and the Arnott experimental prize. He read for a Ph.D in the development of non-destructive, in-situ, scene-of-crime forensic materials identification equipment, aviation security systems and single-molecule explosives vapour detection systems at the University of Leeds; working in conjunction with the Home Office, Forensic Science Service and Ministry of Defence. He continued in the identification of non-destructive bacterial species using laser tweezers and spectroscopy at Melbourne University before taking a position as a senior development engineer at a Smiths Group company; developing patented infra-red imaging technologies for the detection of forensically-relevant crystalline materials within the ridges of fingerprints using FT-IR-ATR. He contined at Brookhaven National Lab, New York to study the use of stand-off, long-range Ultraviolet resonance Raman LIDAR for the safe identification of chemical spills before returning home to start Savante in 2003 where he started the development of subsea LIDAR systems.

He is a member of the Institute of Physics.

Grant has 16 years experience in the oil and gas sector, supporting topsides inspection, ROV and sat-diving operations. Grant is awful at golf.