Guildford Astronomical Society

Prof Ian Shipsey

Prof Ian ShipseyProf Ian Shipsey

BSc Lond, PhD Edin
Fellow by Special Election in Physics
Professor of Experimental Physics


I teach Physics at all levels. I am passionate about teaching both one-on-one and in large lecture format. Students at Purdue University USA, where I have spent most of my career, gave me their highest award for teaching.

About me

I develop cameras that enable new ways of seeing the world. Most recently we saw the Higgs Boson for the first time.

I am Chairperson of the Collaboration Board of the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Switzerland, a member of the Board of Directors of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation, and formerly the co-coordinator of the LHC Physics Center at Fermi National accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and co-Spokesperson of the CLEO experiment at Cornell University.

I am a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Chair-elect of the APS Division of Particles and Fields (DPF).

My research

I am an experimental particle physicist. I work in large international scientific collaborations. We seek to understand how the universe was born how it will evolve and how it will end using particle accelerators and telescopes. I study quarks and the Higgs Boson, search for dark matter, the study of dark energy.


I have had the privilege to have had more than a dozen brilliant students receive a PhD so far and I have also mentored 10 postdoctoral fellows.


I am profoundly deaf. I have given over sixty colloquia and talks to the public on hearing, cochlear implants and perception since the miracle of a cochlear implant restored my hearing.

DateTalk at GAS meeting
1 Jun 2017From Quark to the Cosmos