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Terry Wyatt

Professor Terry Wyatt FRS


Elected: 2013


Terry Wyatt is a particle physicist whose research has significantly improved the experimental precision with which the Standard Model of fundamental particles has been tested. In turn, this has placed constraints on models of possible physics beyond the Standard Model. He was amongst the first to find (at the CERN LEP collider) indirect evidence of the top quark, and contributed to the first evidence (at the Fermilab Tevatron collider) for the decay of the Higgs boson to a bottom quark pair.

Terry is noted for developing new algorithms such as that to distinguish bottom quark jets from those of other (lighter) quarks. He also recently developed novel techniques for measuring a specific property — the transverse momentum distribution — of Z bosons produced at hadron colliders.

Terry keenly promotes the public understanding of science and often engages with the media and gives public lectures. He has served many scientific bodies, including all the major CERN committees. In 2011, Terry was awarded the Chadwick Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for contributions to hadron collider physics.

Professional positions

Research Professor of Partical Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
Member of CERN Scientific Policy Committee, CERN

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


ATLAS, CERN, DZero, Experimental particle physics, Fermilab, LHC, Science policy, Standard Model, Tevatron