Peter Gardner graduated in Physics from the University of Oxford in 1980 with first class honours. He gained eight years of industrial experience in research and development of active microwave components for Ferranti International, Poynton, Cheshire and later as an independent consultant. In 1989 he returned to academic research, joining the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at UMIST as a Research Associate. In the course of his work there he obtained an MSc in 1990 and PhD in 1992. He joined the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Birmingham in 1994, as a lecturer, where he has built up a range of research activities in the broad area of microwave engineering, whilst also making major contributions to teaching and administration.