I am a member of the Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near to Oxford. Currently, I work on the LHCb experiment located 100m underground at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This is based at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory and the place where the World Wide Web was born. The experiment studies the subtle differences between matter and antimatter in proton-proton collisions and is being undertaken by 700 scientists from 52 institutes in 15 countries around the world. Until recently, I was also a member of the project management team leading the GridPP collaboration, which constructed the UK part of the worldwide distributed computing Grid to process the deluge of data from the LHC. Previously, I worked on the OPAL experiment studying the decays of Z and W bosons - the weak force carriers - at the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP).

In earlier times, I studied the photo-production of vector mesons (particles composed of one quark and one anti-quark) using tagged photon beams from the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron (WA57)  and the NINA electron synchrotron at Daresbury Laboratory (LAMP2). I have also contributed to major software projects such as the GEANT program, which is used to simulate the passage of particles through matter and has applications in space science and medicine, as well as particle physics.

In June 2012 I became an Honorary Scientist at RAL and in September 2012 I was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Portsmouth, where I lecture on the new Applied Physics degree. I also supervise and tutor MSc students in the Faculty of Technology. In 2014, I also became an Associate Lecturer for the Open University tutoring students undertaking projects on Radiation and Matter.

LHCb Experiment at CERN

GridPP Collaboration

LHCb Research at RAL

OPAL Experiment

Large Hadron Collider (LHC)


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Cosmic Particles - Messengers of the the Universe
The Hidden Universe and the Large Hadron Collider
The Quest for Antimatter
The Quantum World
The Rise of the Grid
Rutherford's Legacy: From the Nucleus to Superstrings
A Question of Time

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Postal Address:
Prof. G. N. Patrick
Particle Physics Department
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Didcot, OX11 0QX
 RAL Contact Details:
 Office: R1, 1-42
 Phone: +44 (0)1235 445343
 Fax: +44 (0)1235 446733


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 Phone: +41 22 767 78485