Professor Andy Parker

Head of department at Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

Head of Department and Professor of High Energy Physics, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

Andy Parker is a Professor of High Energy Physics (and since 2013, Head of Department) at Cambridge University, with over 100 publications on aspects of particle physics. His current research interests involve experiments to reveal new physics such as extra space dimensions, quantum-sized black holes, and supersymmetry. He is a founder of the ATLAS experiment for the Large Hadron Collider, and for 6 years he was the project leader for the ATLAS Inner Detector and a member of the Executive Board. He was awarded the Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching in 1997. His technical work has included the development of silicon detectors, fast electronics and large software systems, as well as data analysis and pattern recognition. He has worked with the Oncology Department on computational methods for radiotherapy, including the Voxtox and Radnet projects.

As Director of eScience at the Centre for Scientific Computing, he was responsible for grid computing initiatives across the University, including projects in life sciences, earth sciences, medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering, all requiring the sharing of large computational and data resources.
Professor Parker is a member of the High Energy Physics Research Group.

He has served on numerous committees for CERN, UK Research Councils, international funding agencies and for the University of Cambridge. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Board for the Future Circular Collider and a member of the Research Assessment Physical Sciences Panel for Hong Kong. He is a Science Partner with Ahren Investment Capital.