Tom Markvart obtained BSc and PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1974 and 1975, respectively. He came to Southampton in 1977 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and later Engineering Materials. After brief periods at ONERA/CERT in Toulouse and Instituto de Energia Solar at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid he returned to Southampton as Head of Solar Energy Centre. In 1994, he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Clean Technology Fellowship, becoming Reader in 2002 and Professor of Energy Conversion in 2009.
Tom Markvart is the UK representative on European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy where he is member of the Steering Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells and Journal of Photonics for Energy, and has served on a number of advisory boards for international conferences. His Solar Electricity (2nd ed, Wiley, 2000) remains among the most popular textbooks on photovoltaics; Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics: Fundamentals and Applications (with Luis Castañer) was published Elsevier in 2003.