Bancroft’s School in Woodfod Green, Cambridge and Boston Universities
Fermilab, Rutherford Appleton Lab, Bristol University
University of Bristol
Favourite thing to do in my job: Understanding something for the first time
I search through the results of trillions of particle collisions, trying to find the unexpected.
I am a particle physicist. I design, build and operate huge experiments that observe particles smashing into each other at extremely high energies. I then sift through the results, looking for signs of new, unknown forces or particles. Most of my current work is on the CMS, one of the two large general purpose experiments a the LHC.
My Typical Day
Pretending to pay attention in meetings while really catching up on e-mail
I have to balance teaching, administration and research. After a quick check of e-mails and the latest scientific results from my field, I may meet with a technician to discuss some work they are doing, prepare some undergraduate teaching sessions, and then sit down with the team I have working on possible upgrades to the current LHC detectors. In the afternoons I often video-conference with collaborators at CERN and around the world.
What I'd do with the prize money
Support outreach to schools
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, thoughtful, bald.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Built part of the CDF detector at Fermilab
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Reading popular science books as a kid
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Pilot (if my eyes were better anyway)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Learn to fly
Tell us a joke.
A man walked into a bar. The second man ducked.