Neil Richardson was born in the UK where he attended Bolton School. He went on to the University of Cambridge where he obtained a master’s degree in electrical sciences and a PhD in electron microscopy and spectroscopy.
He joined Fairchild Semiconductor Research Labs in Palo Alto, California in 1982, and went on to lead an electron microscope product development group at Schlumberger Technologies in San Jose, California.
After a brief stint with Schlumberger corporate in New York City Neil returned to California to join KLA where he was general manager of overlay and CD-SEM metrology product divisions and subsequently general manager of KLA’s electron beam inspection product line.
Most recently he was general manager of Gemfire Corporation, a privately held photonics company with operations in Fremont, California and Livingston, Scotland.
Additionally, Neil has been for many years a venture partner at Wellington Partners in Munich, Germany.