Recently I have become interested in graphene, a remarkable state of carbon formed of a honeycomb sheet only one atom thick, and a great stimulus for exploring quantum field theory in 2+1 dimensions.. For academic year 2015/16 I was a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, with a project called Numerical tools for critical physics in 3d theories of fermions. For the curious, watch a recent talk at the Theoretical Physics Colloquium hosted by Arizona State University.
I have been been involved with DiRAC, STFC's distributed high
performance computing facility supporting theoretical activity in astronomy, cosmology, nuclear and
physics since its inception, and until recently was co-chair of the Project
Board. In 2021 I became DiRAC's first Community Development Director.
From 2008-12 I served on the Scientific Board of the European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas ECT* located in Trento in northern Italy. In 2006 I also coordinated a Doctoral Training Programme there (click here for a picture). For 2009-2017 I served on STFC's Particle Physics Grants Panel.
I was Principal Organiser of the programme Strong Fields, Integrability and Strings held at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge in the second half of 2007 (click here for a picture).
I have been a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Extreme QCD conference series, and the editorial board of the European Physical Journal A, in 2013 co-editing with Hartmut Wittig a topical issue on Lattice Field Theory Methods in Hadron and Nuclear Physics. Together with Simon Catterall I am currently guest-editing a special issue of Symmetry on New Applications of Symmetry in Lattice Field Theory. In 2021 I was recognised by the American Physical Society as an Outstanding Referee for my work on behalf of Physical Review.
In 1993 I was one of five winners of a bottle of vintage champagne offered by the then UK Science Minister, William Waldegrave, for the best description on one side of an A4 page of the Higgs Boson and why we should try so hard to find it.
I am married to artist Sally Hands (click here for a physics-related picture made long ago and far away) and we have one son.
Sally weaves rugs, and I recently wrote a python script to simulate her loom -- producing balanced and weft-faced patterns in either straight or broken twill.
I'm happy to share the details if you're interested.
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and suffer from a lifelong attachment to .
I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a member of the a cappella vocal group The Accidentals.
You can find a list of my publications on the INSPIRES database, and also on Google Scholar, ORCID, or ResearchGate.
Alternatively check out my academic lineage here, or see how connected I am at LinkedIn.
Want to take me away from all this? Click here for a recent CV.