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Gavin Salam

Dr Gavin Salam FRS


Elected: 2017


ORCID 0000-0002-2655-4373


Gavin Salam is a theoretical particle physicist. His main research focus is on the strong force (Quantum Chromodynamics). He is interested in the ways in which it can be exploited to cast light on the other fundamental particle interactions, notably the sector associated with the Higgs boson, and also how it can be harnessed to search for possible new particles. 

He has made significant contributions to the understanding of the structure of the proton and of “jets", the signatures of quarks and gluons produced in high-energy collisions. He invented the most widely used approach for identifying jets at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1996. After postdoctoral fellowships in Milan and at CERN, he joined the CNRS in Paris in 2000 and also held a research appointment at Princeton University from 2010 to 2012. Since 2010 he has been a staff member of CERN's Theoretical Physics Department. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the CNRS in 2010. 

Professional positions

Senior Staff Theoretical Physicist, Theory Department, CERN

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Higgs bosons, Large Hadron Collider, QCD, Theoretical Physics