EducationSherrardswood School, Welwyn, Knights Templar School, Baldock, University of York, University of Sussex
QualificationsMaster's degree in Physics (York), PhD in Experimental Particle Physics (Sussex)
Work HistorySummer placements at DESY (big German lab) and CERN, then PhD
Current JobParticle physicist
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Favourite thing to do in my job: Make computer code run faster
About Me: Particle physicist for CERN, based at a UK lab
I live in Reading with my wife – she’s a former particle physicist now working as a government climate change analyst.
In my spare time I like hiking, playing the piano, and visiting unusual museums.
My Work: Write code to analyse data from collisions at the Large Hadron Collider
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Me, myself, I
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Reading the Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose convinced me to do physics A-Level instead of economics.
What was your favourite subject at school?
French and German: physics at school felt too much like memorising facts
What did you want to be after you left school?
From ages 4 to 18: fireman, fighter pilot, lawyer, physicist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, a few times over the years. During my first week of sixth form I was handed a basketball: without thinking I bounced it on the floor, so hard that it hit the ceiling and broke a ceiling tile. I then had to explain to the head of year what I'd done...
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think it could be fun to be a lawyer, or maybe another kind of scientist
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
A snowboarding trip when I lived in Geneva.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I would wish for the usual things like world peace and a solution to climate change, but your typical genie would just kill all humans and say "job done". So I'd wish for a decent spaceship and then decide on the next two wishes during my travels.
Tell us a joke.
What did the inflatable headmaster tell the inflatable boy who brought a pin into the inflatable school? You've let me down. You've let the whole school down. But worst of all, you've let yourself down.