Peter Clarke is Professor of Physics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering (Southampton University, 1980) and a D.Phil in Particle Physics (Oxford 1985). He was a CERN Fellow before being appointed as a lecturer first at Brunel University in 1987 and then moving to University College London in 1993. He was promoted to Reader and then Professor in 2001 and was Head of the Particle Physics Research Group between 2001-04. He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2004 to take up the Chair of eScience and later become Director of the National eScience Centre 2006-09.
His early research work included the first direct measurements of CP violation in the Kaon system at CERN; working at the SLD experiment at the Stanford Linear Collider (USA) and then the LEP electron positron collider at CERN where he worked on precision measurements of the electro-weak interaction, the properties of the Z and W bosons and indirect searches for the Higgs boson. At UCL he worked on construction of the ATLAS experiment for the Large Hadron Collider. He now works on studies of matter anti-matter asymmetry and CP violation at the LHC as a member of the LHCb experiment.
He has been involved in international computing matters for many years and was involved in UK e-Science at its inception. He has held roles in international grid computing infrastructure projects including the management board of the UK grid for particle physics (GridPP), the European Data Grid and the EGEE projects. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Grid Forum international standards body between 2002-04. He is currently Chair of the national computing board of LHCb. He has chaired the old network coordination group (PPNCG), and served on several JISC committees for research, as well as STFC computing committees, and most recently chaired the STFC’s Computing Advisory Panel.