Hugh Griffiths was born in Bournemouth, UK, in 1956. He was educated at Hardye's School, Dorchester, and Keble College, Oxford University, where he received the MA degree in Physics. He also received the PhD (1986) and DSc(Eng) (2000) degrees from the University of London.
In 2006 he was appointed Principal of the Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham (part of Cranfield University). From 1982 to 2006 he was with University College London, serving as Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 2001 to 2006. His research interests include radar sensor systems and signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar and sonar) as well as antennas and antenna measurement techniques. He has published over 300 papers and technical articles on these subjects. He received the IERE Lord Brabazon Premium in 1984, the IEE Mountbatten and Maxwell Premiums in 1996, and the IEEE Nathanson Award in 1996. He serves on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and as Chairman of the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel, and as Editor-in-Chief of IEE Proceedings on Radar, Sonar and Navigation. Also, he was Chairman of the IEE International Radar Conference RADAR 2002 in Edinburgh, UK. He is also a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council for the UK Ministry of Defence, and of the Supervisory Board for the UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Technology Centre in ElectroMagnetic Remote Sensing.
He is a Fellow of the IEE, Fellow of the IEEE, and in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.