Simon Watts graduated from the University of Oxford in 1971, obtained an MSc and DSc from the University of Birmingham in 1972 and 2013, respectively, and a PhD from the CNAA in 1987. He was deputy Scientific Director and Technical Fellow in Thales UK until 2013 and is a Visiting Professor in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. He joined Thales (then EMI Electronics) in 1967 and since then has worked on a wide range of radar and EW projects, with a particular research interest in maritime radar and sea clutter. He is author and co-author of over 80 journal and conference papers, a book on sea clutter and several patents. He was chairman of the international radar conference RADAR-97 in Edinburgh UK. Professor Watts received the IEE JJ Thomson Premium Award in 1987 and the IEE Mountbatten Premium Award in 1991. He serves on the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel, is an Associate Editor for Radar for the IEEE Transactions AES and a member of the Editorial Board of IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation. He was appointed MBE in 1996 for services to the UK defence industry and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IMA and Fellow of the IEEE.