Prof Jon Butterworth

I grew up in Manchester, doing A levels at Shena Simon 6th form college, then went to Oxford, getting a BA in physics in 1989 and a DPhil in particle physics in 1992. Then I moved to DESY, Hamburg, to work for Pennsylvania State University. I joined UCL in 1995.

My first research interests focussed on the the ZEUS experiment at the Hadron Electron Ring Anlage (HERA) in DESY, Hamburg, ranging from Supersymmetry to studies of the strong interaction via jet and heavy quark production. I was an author of a key simulation program ("JIMMY") which is now used at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I also worked on building part of a new vertex detector for ZEUS. In 2003 I was ZEUS physics coordinator.

My research is now centred on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. As well as contributing to the tracking, trigger and software, the UCL group I lead studies several physics processes at the LHC which will help us discover more about electroweak symmetry breaking, or basically why some things have mass. This includes searching for the infamous standard model Higgs particle.

I am currently Vice-Dean in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty with responsibility for research, and holder of a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society. I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for Nature Communications.

Other responsibilities I hold or have held include; Chair of ATLAS UK, chair of the Project Peer Review Panel of PPARC, membership of the PPAN Science Committee of the STFC, member of the IoP HEPP committee, chair of the IoP Syllabus Updates organising committee, member of the PPARC public understanding of science panel and member of the UCL Research Computing sub-committee.

There is more information, include outreach activities and a blog, linked from my home page: http://www.hep.ucl.ac.uk/~jmb/