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Professor Andy Parker

Professor Andy Parker

Andy Parker is a Professor of High Energy Physics at the University of Cambridge, with over 500 publications on aspects of particle physics and other topics. His current research interests involve experiments to reveal new physics such as extra space dimensions, quantum-sized black holes, and supersymmetry. He is a founder of the ATLAS experiment for the Large Hadron Collider, and for 6 years he was the project leader for the ATLAS Inner Detector and a member of the Executive Board. His technical work has included the development of silicon detectors, fast electronics and large software systems, as well as data analysis and pattern recognition. He has served in various roles in ATLAS, including as UK Physics Coordinator and chair of the Publications Committee.

As Director of the Cambridge eScience Centre from 2001-2008, he was responsible for grid computing initiatives across the University, including projects in life sciences, earth sciences, medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering, all requiring the sharing of large computational and data resources. This has led to research interests outside of high energy physics, including computational radiotherapy, muon tomography and artificial photosynthesis.

He has served on numerous committees for CERN, the UK Research Councils, international funding agencies and the University. He was appointed as Deputy Head of Department (Resources) at the Cavendish Laboratory in 2010 and as Head of the Cavendish in 2013. He was awarded the Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching in 1997.

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