Professor Paul Collier FREng
Head, Beams Department, CERN, Geneva
Internationally recognised for his major engineering contributions and leadership to particle accelerators during the past 25 years, including the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP), the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). These projects are the three largest scientific instruments ever built and are among the greatest engineering endeavours ever undertaken by humanity. Their design and construction require many branches of engineering, including civil, mechanical, electrical and informatics. The data produced by the LHC collider by 2012 was sufficient to enable discovery of the Higgs boson and led to the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.