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Terry Wyatt

Terry Wyatt

Professor Terry Wyatt FRS

Fellow


Elected: 2013

Biography

Terry Wyatt is a particle physicist who is noted for developing novel techniques for analysing data from experiments at the world's highest energy particle colliders. His 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 existence of the top quark and the Higgs boson, and he contributed to the first direct evidence (at the Fermilab Tevatron collider) for the decay of the Higgs boson to a bottom quark pair.

Terry currently works on the ATLAS  experiment at the CERN LHC and he previously led the DZero experiment at the Tevatron collider at Fermilab (US) as its `spokesperson'. He served on the 8-person Advisory Panel for the Paul Nurse Review of UK Research Councils (2015) and on the Scientific Policy Committee of CERN  (2007-2016). He chaired the LHC experiments committee at CERN (2007-2010). In advance of the UK referendum Terry was a member of a Royal Society working group that  produced three reports regarding the impact on UK research of  UK membership of the EU and he now serves on the Royal Society `Brexit' contact group. Terry keenly promotes the public understanding of science and often engages with the media and gives public lectures.  In 2011, he was awarded the Chadwick Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his contributions to hadron collider physics.

Professional positions

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

Interest and expertise

Keywords

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

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