Professor Mark Geoghegan was born in the summer of love in Manchester, where he lived until he went to the University of Oxford for his first degree in Physics. His research experience started in Birmingham where he was awarded an MSc by research in laboratory astrochemistry. He earned his Ph.D. (1994) in the field of polymer surfaces from the University of Cambridge. He performed postdoctoral work at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (Saclay, France) from 1994-1996, Universität Freiburg (1997-1998, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow), and Universität Bayreuth (1998-2000). He joined the University of Sheffield in 2000 as a lecturer. After promotions to Senior Lecturer and then Reader he was awarded a personal chair as Professor of Soft Matter Physics in 2011. He has 91 published articles including one book (Polymer Electronics, published by Oxford University Press) and has given 98 invited presentations. He is on the editorial board Reports on Progress in Physics and on the advisory board of Polymer. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Geoghegan has held visiting Professor positions at the Universities of Strasbourg and Bordeaux and is currently visiting Professor at the University of Modena, where he is on sabbatical. Until recently he was a Director in the Faculty of Science with responsibilities for external relations, knowledge exchange and postgraduate and postgraduate and postdoctoral training. Professor Geoghegan is widely published, with articles in journals from the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society to Theriogenology. His principal research interests are focused on polymer surface and interfaces, conjugated polymers, biomaterials, polymer and biological adhesion, polymer gels, polymer diffusion, and soft nanotechnology.