Staff news

Personal Chair: Philip J Clark

Philip J Clark has been made Personal Chair of Experimental Particle Physics.

Philip Clark

He was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh before being promoted to Reader in 2010, and to Professor in 2012.

He was educated in Physics at the University, graduating with his BSc in 1996 and PhD in 2000.

He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the University of Bristol, while being on secondment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) until 2002.

In 2003, he moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder, US, again while seconded at SLAC.

His research interests are the major unsolved questions in particle physics: the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson candidate events and the related nature of the fundamental particle mass generation mechanism.

CP violation (matter-antimatter asymmetry) and understanding the rare decays of particles created in particle accelerator collisions are additional long-term interests.

He is interested in new computer architectures, particularly the advent of many-core and GPGPU (General-Purpose Computation on Graphics Processing Units) devices.

Previously he led the Edinburgh GridPP (Computing Grid for Particle Physics) effort and was Chairman of the ScotGrid Tier-2 compute and data centre.

He created the University’s research programme in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, where he currently holds a CERN associateship.