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Physicist who founded International Institute for Accelerator Applications receives award


Credit: University of Huddersfield

ONE of the country's leading physicists was conferred with the title of Emeritus Professor on his retirement from the University of Huddersfield.

The title Emeritus Professor bestowed on Professor Roger Barlow, a leading figure in the field of particle physics and accelerators, at the University's November Awards Ceremonies.

His distinguished scientific career was described in an oration from his colleague at the University, Professor Rebecca Seviour.

She told how Professor Barlow – who joined the University of Huddersfield in 2011 – had carried out research that had a direct and profound effects on people's lives, such as the use of particle beams for therapeutic and palliative care of cancer patients.

Professor Barlow has been the author of more than 1,400 scientific papers and his career has taken him to many of the world's top research institutions, including CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider.

At the University of Huddersfield, Professor Barlow established the International Institute for Accelerator Applications.

"This was the second particle accelerator institute that Roger had founded in the UK, but it is the only institute aimed at applying accelerator technology to address some of the biggest issues currently faced by society," said Professor Seviour.

Professor Roger Barlow joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2011, having previously been at the University of Manchester.

After his PhD at Cambridge University, on one of the last bubble chamber experiments, he has worked on particle physics experiments at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). Initially at DESY, he worked on the TASSO experiment and the discovery of the gluon and subsequently on JADE, one of the experiments on the positron-electron ring accelerator PETRA, on the measurement of the B lifetime. He went on to work at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research on OPAL, one of four large detectors on the Large Electron-Positron collider, undertaking precision studies of the Z, and later at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), in California, working on the particle physics experiment BaBar on the discovery of CP violation in B mesons. He is currently a member of the LHCb collaboration at CERN.

Professor Barlow has written a textbook on statistics, founded the Cockcroft Institute, started the ThorEA association, and originated the National Particle Physics Masterclasses. He was the Principal Investigator of the CONFORM project that led to the successful operation of EMMA, the world's first nsFFAG accelerator.


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