Good luck everyone for the final!
Duncanrig Secondary School, East Kilbride (1991-1997); University of Glasgow for undergraduate (1997-2001) and postgraduate (2001-2005) study.
MSci in Physics and Mathematics; PhD in Physics.
University of Edinburgh, UK; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne; A supermarket (while I was a student!)
Research scientist, analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva.
University of Edinburgh
Favourite thing to do in my job Finding things that no one has ever found before.
I look for the small differences between matter and animatter.
My Typical Day
Most days I write computer programs to analyse data from the Large Hadron Collider.
What I'd do with the money
Take my wife out for a nice meal… no, only kidding, I would use it take particle physics demonstrations to the only high school on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. My cousin is a teacher there. See some pictures of Islay below.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, motivated, enthusiastic
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I helped to confirm the existence of a new sub-atomic particle
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My dad and my school teachers
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Probably a programmer for a company
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Flaming Lips
What's your favourite food?
Thai (but I’ll basically eat anything!)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Sea kayaking in Thailand
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Healthy, happy and wise
Tell us a joke.
Apologies, this is a bad one, but I couldn’t resist: “There are 10 types of people in the world, those that understand binary and those that don’t.” Ask me if you don’t understand! :)
This is a picture of me being awarded the prize (on behalf of my team) for winning the yearly group quiz
There is also a definitely LEGO based theme in our group. Here is a picture of a LEGO representation of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
And here is one of the Death Star. Yes, I really mean the Death Star. It’s not one of the detectors at the LHC…
Here is an image of the black/white boards in my office. Usually they are full of REALLY IMPORTANT stuff… but for the next couple of weeks they will be used to keep track of who has paid for and who is winning the office World Cup sweepstake (and, of course, who is winning “I’m a scientist, get me out of here!”) 🙂
Here are a couple of pictures of the island of Islay. It’s a great place, but can be a little bit isolated! Hopefully I can help to spread the word about particle physics to the students there!