A collage of images of Don Perkins, his famous book, copyright: varied, CERN, Royal Society, internet and our own.
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‘Physics then and now – the life and work of Don Perkins’

14 Mar 2024
Public talks and lectures
Alumni events
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Knowledge of physics?
Yes, knowledge of physics required
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Join us to celebrate the life and work of Professor Donald ‘Don’ Perkins CBE FRS (1925 – 2022), who during his extensive and prolific career played a key role in the development of particle physics research since the 1940’s when the electron, proton and neutron were the only known fundamental particles to the discovery of the Higgs boson in the early 2000’s.

This free event hopes to reunite old colleagues, alumni, current researchers and general public interested in particle physics and the history behind current research in fields as diverse as medicine, cancer research, cosmic rays, climate science, neutrons, and more.

The main event will start after lunch and will be hosted, free, at the Martin Wood Lecture theatre, including a coffee break between talks.

12:30 - 12:55 - Welcome desk, collect name badges, coffee.
13:00 - Welcome message by Prof Daniela Bortoletto (Head of Physics)
13:15 - Professor Brian Foster ‘ The early years: Bristol, Emulsions, Pion discovery’
13:45 - Professor Sir Christopher Llewelyn-Smith: ‘Don Perkins and Charged Currents’
14:15 - Professor Dieter Haidt: ‘Don Perkins and Neutral Currents’
14:45 - Coffee Break
15:15 Professor Jocelyn Monroe: ‘Cosmic Rays/ Dark Matter’
15:45 Professor Mark Thompson: ‘Neutrino’s at Soudan and proton decay’
16:15 Professor Paul Harrison: ‘Neutrino oscillations’
16:45 Professor Daniela Bortoletto: ‘The future of Particle Physics’
17:15 Recollections from audience, Q&A
17:30-45 End of event.

After the main event, there will be a reception and dinner at Balliol College (booking has now closed).


Click on the link below to watch the livestream.

The videos will be available on our YouTube channel a few days later.