Birmingham Professor to be recognised at Institute of Physics Awards ceremony for leadership of Higgs Boson discovery experiment

Tomorrow (7 November), the Institute of Physics (IOP) will recognise particle physicist Professor David Charlton for his leadership in experimental physics by awarding him the Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize at the Institute's annual Awards Dinner in London.                           

Professor Charlton is a leading contemporary experimental particle physicist both in the UK and internationally.

From early searches for the top quark, through wide-ranging measurements of weak gauge boson properties and most recently in the discovery and characterisation of the Higgs boson, Professor Charlton has been a central figure in the building, data collection, analysis and leadership of energy frontier particle physics experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research.

As Deputy Spokesperson of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN, Professor Charlton played a significant role in the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle in 2012. The discovery confirmed the last unverified part of the Standard Model of particle physics, which scientists have worked on for decades.

For four years from 2013, Profressor Charlton served as head of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. ATLAS is a global collaboration of 3,000 scientists. The Large Hadron Collider has undergone a significant upgrade since the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012, allowing it to continue to make further advances in the field of particle physics.

The Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize is one of the Institute of Physics’ most prestigious awards. Every year since 1983 the Institute has issued the award for outstanding and sustained contributions to leadership in a physics context.

Professor Charlton will be recognised alongside other people who have made outstanding and exceptional contributions to physics. To see the full list of award winners, please visit the IOP website.