New Faculty: Nigel Lockyer

Nigel Lockyer

Professor, Physics; Director, Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)

Academic focus:

Advancing the science of CLASSE and the study of particle and accelerator physics

Current research project: 

 Pursuing a new technology for accelerators with colleagues at Cornell

Previous positions:

  • Special Advisor to Fermilab Research Alliance Board Chair and Vice-Chair, Fermilab, 2022-2023
  • Director, Fermilab, 2013-2022
  • Professor of Physics, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2007-2013
  • Director, TRIUMF, Canada, 2007-2013
  • Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984-2007

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Physics, Ohio State University, 1980
  • BSc., Physics, York University, Toronto, 1975

Last book read:

“History of England” by David Hume

In your own time/when not working:

Reading popular books on evolution, bio-chemistry, biology, history, religion

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Freshman Physics is always the most challenging.

What most excites you about Cornell:

The history of accelerator physics here at Cornell has been incredibly innovative and has had far reaching global impacts.

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