Professor Wilson gained his undergraduate degree in physics and then postgraduate degrees in electronics and in optics from Otago University in New Zealand. His interests then changed to soft condensed matter and in particular the antifreeze proteins polar fish use to survive in ice-laden waters. Postdoctoral work included measuring the thickness of the ice-water interface and for much of his career Professor Wilson has been studying the nucleation of supercooled solutions and how best to measure the nucleation temperature. In 2005, Roskilde University, Denmark, awarded him the degree Doctor Scientiarum. Professor Wilson now works in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science at the University of Tsukuba in Japan.