Professor Boyd was born in Buffalo, NY. He received the B.S. degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 and received the Ph.D. degree in Physics in 1977 from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Professor Charles H. Townes and involved the use of nonlinear optical techniques for infrared detection for astronomy. Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 is presently the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.
Professor Boyd research interests include optical physics, nonlinear optical interactions, nonlinear optical properties of materials, and applications of nonlinear optics including quantum and nonlinear optical imaging. Professor Boyd is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
He is author of ''Radiometry and the Detection of Optical Radiation'' (1983), ''Nonlinear Optics'' (1992), is co-editor of ''Optical Instabilities'' (1986) and ''Contemporary Nonlinear Optics'' (1992). Professor Boyd has published approximately 170 research papers, has been awarded four U.S. patents and has supervised the Ph.D. theses of 16 students.