Prof Christopher Parkes

Professor in Experim'tl Particle Physics

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Biography

Chris Parkes is an experimental particle physicist working at the University of Manchester. He will be the deputy leader of the Large Hadron Collider Beauty (LHCb) experiment from July 2017. LHCb is one of the world's largest scientific projects with over 1400 members from 70 institutes in 17 countries.  He is head of the Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physics Division in Manchetser. He is Principal Investigator and Project Manager for the UK's construction activities of the next generation experiment the LHCb Upgrade.  His research is focussed on the discovery of new physics effects through the study of matter anti-matter asymmetries and the development of radiation hard silicon detectors. He led the UK participation in the LHCb experiment from 2012-2016. He was the LHCb Vertex Locator (VELO) Project Leader during the first LHC physics period (2010-2012). He led the W Mass measurement group on the DELPHI experiment at the previous CERN collider, LEP, and was a member of the LEP W working group.

He has been a member of the editorial boards of both DELPHI and LHCb, and of the LHCb membership committee. He has been a member of the UK particle physics funding council panel for new projects (STFC PPRP)and its grants panel (STFC PPGP). He was awarded the Institute Of Physics high energy physics group prize in 2010. He was a scientific associate with CERN in 2010-2012,  and the Institute of particle physics phenomenology in Durham in 2012-2013. He is a visiting professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow.

Qualifications

Professor, University of Manchester (2011-)

CERN Scientific Associate (2010-2011)

Lecturer / Reader, University of Glasgow (2002-2011)

PPARC (now STFC) Fellow, University of Liverpool (2000-2003)

CERN Fellow (1998-2000)

D.Phil. , University of Oxford, (1994-1998)

BA (hons.), University of Cambridge (1991-1994)

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