Peter Norreys is Professor of Physics and Professor of Inertial Fusion Science at the University of Oxford and is an Individual Merit Fellow of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
He graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London, in 1989 and spent one year as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellow at Osaka University Japan. He joined the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 1990 on his return to the United Kingdom and has been involved in the study of relativistically intense laser-plasma interactions since then.
He was awarded the 2013 Institute of Physics' Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize for his original contributions to relativistic laser-plasma interaction physics. He has also received the 2006 American Physical Society’s Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research for his contributions to inertial fusion science and, as UK team leader, the 2007 Daiwa Adrian Prize for UK-Japan collaborative investigations into new areas of high energy density science. He is currently William Penney Fellow of AWE, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society and is a visiting Professor to Imperial College London and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Peter Norreys chairs the Department of Physics' Awards Committee, is Director of Graduate Studies in Atomic and Laser Physics, and is currently co-ordinator of the Oxford-Imperial-Warwick "Centre for Postgraduate Training in Plasma Physics and High Energy Density Science" course.