Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2011

Brian Foster

Brian Foster is acknowledged as one of the most important experimental particle physicists of the day.

  • Nominating University: University of Hamburg in conjunction with DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), Hamburg

Particle physics

Brian Foster has played a leading role in numerous international projects involving particle accelerators, and both his theoretical and his practical work developing innovative measuring instruments have expedited progress in accelerator physics. He has received countless awards, including the Humboldt Research Award (1999). Foster is invited to work at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrontron), Hamburg, and as a professor, teaching and researching on the future of particle acceleration at the University of Hamburg.

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Brian Foster, born in the United Kingdom in 1954, graduate Student at the University of Oxford, 1975-1978. Research Associate, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, 1978-1982. Research Associate, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, 1982-1984. Various positions in the Department of Physics, Bristol University, 1984-2003. Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford, Subdepartment of Particle Physics, Oxford, United Kingdom since 2003. Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Research Award, 1998. Member of the Royal Society, London, since 2008. He was selected to become an Alexander von Humboldt Professor in 2010 and took up his position as a professor for experimental physics at the University of Hamburg in June 2011. The appointment was made jointly with DESY in the context of their collaborative Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research (PIER).
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