Dr. Celliers received a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, Canada in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. His thesis work examined laser driven shock waves in fused silica. In 1988 he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, in Garching, Germany, studying x-ray conversion in high-Z laser-produced plasmas. In 1989 he returned to the University of British Columbia as a research associate to continue research on laser-driven shock waves. From 1992 to 1994 he worked for an industrial firm developing spectrometers for plasma-based analytical instrumentation. In 1994, Dr. Celliers joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a staff scientist, where he has worked on a variety of projects including applications of x-ray lasers for plasma probing, and laser-produced x-ray sources for lithography. He has also worked to develop optical diagnostic techniques for biomedical applications of lasers. More recently he returned to laser-driven shock research for equation-of-state measurements and other applications in the inertial-confinement program. He is a recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Plasma Physics Award, and the 1998 Weapons Physics Award.