Cambridge U. (’73-’76), Imperial Col. (’79-’80), SISSA Trieste (’81-’83)
Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics, M.Inst.P., Chartered Physicist
Researcher in: Cambridge, Queen Mary Col. (London), Milan U., Insubria U. in Como
Associate Professor of Nuclear and Sub-nuclear Physics
Insubria University in Como, Italy
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Particle physics theory
I lecture on the undergraduate and masters level physics courses. In particular I teach advanced quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and nuclear and subnuclear physics but in the past I have also taught basic physics courses.
My research field is high-energy particle physics theory. I have written a fair number of research papers published in specialised international journals and have also written two books, the first is an advanced (postgraduate) textbook while the other (to appear shortly) is an introductory text on particle physics for undergraduates.
I have also organised various specialised conferences and workshops.
On the bureaucratic side, I have served on the University Academic Senate and Governing Board, I am also a long serving Physics Ph.D. programme director and am currently the head of the Physics Group of my department.
Finally, I am a level-1 rugby coach (both 15 and 7 a-side) and currently coach the U14 & 16 girls’ teams at my local club.
My Typical Day
Classroom lecture to undergraduates, read new research papers and attend meetings.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Fiorentina (a very very thick Italian steak) accompanied by a good Barolo (an excellent Italian wine)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Horse-riding with Red Indians in Monument Valley
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths & Physics
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Some rather complicated calculations
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My own curiosity
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A professional rugby player
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Nobel prize in physics, international cap in rugby (preferably England winning vs. New Zealand), a trip to Mars … and back.