Prize Recipient

Nigel Lockyer
University of Pennsylvania


"For their leading contributions to the discovery of the long b-quark lifetime with the MAC and Mark II experiments at SLAC. The unexpectedly large value of the b-quark lifetime revealed the hierarchy of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa quark mixing matrix."


Personal Data

Birth: November 5, 1952 Annan, Scotland
Citizenship: United States
Family: Married, three children


Ph.D. (Physics, Ohio State University) 1980
B.S. (Physics, York University, Downsview, Canada), 1975

Positions Held

Co-Spokesperson, SMTF Collaboration (2005-)
Guest Scientist, Fermilab (2002-2005)
Co-Spokesperson, CDF Collaboration (2002-2004)
Co-head, CDF Operations-Guest Scientist Fermilab (2001-2002)
Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1998-)
Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs (1997-)
Associate Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1990-1997)
Visiting Scientist, SSC Laboratory (1989-90)
Visiting Scientist (two summers), Fermilab (1987-88)
Spokesperson BCD Collaboration (1987-1993)
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1984-1990)
Spokesperson, MarkII Collaboration (1983-1984)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1980-84)


Fellow, American Physical Society

Research Interest Synopsis

The largest body of my research has been focused on high energy particle experiments, at the energy frontier, with a keen interest in testing symmetries and the study of the heaviest quarks, bottom and top.

My interest in detector R&D and particle accelerators has been driven primarily by their importance to the field of High Energy Physics. Building on that, I also collaborated for several years on proton therapy applications and medical physics detectors with colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Participation in and contribution to accelerator advances and the challenges associated with the next generation of high energy accelerators, including the Linear Collider and VLHC, are in the forefront of my future research plans. In particular, I am becoming involved with an international collaboration of accelerator physicists planning to further development superconducting RF techniques. The collaboration is called SMTF (Superconducting Module Test Facility).

Selection Committee:

Ian Shipsey (Chair), Jim Brau (12/05), Arie Bodek ('04 winner)(12/05), Hugh Montgomery (V. Chair)(12/06), Bob Cousins (12/06)