Professor Glen Cowan

Personal profile

I obtained my BS in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and my PhD from University of California, Berkeley, in 1988, with a thesis based on data from the TPC/Two-Gamma Experiment at SLAC.  I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics in Munich from 1988 to 1992 and at the University of Siegen from 1992 to 1997, during which time I worked on the ALEPH Experiment at the Large Electron-Positron Collider at CERN.  Since 1998 I have been part of the academic staff at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I am currently Professor of Physics.

Research interests

My current research is focused on analyzing data currently being collected by the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  Specifically, I am involved in coordinating and developing statistical methods and software for use by many studies carried out with ATLAS data.  I am also involved in searches for the Higgs boson and for physics beyond the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry.


My current teaching responsibilities includes PH4515 "Computing and Statistical Data Analysis", a course taught as part of the joint University of London fourth-year program.  This course also forms part of the lecture programme attended by first-year postgraduate students in HEP.  I also teach PH3520, an introductory course in Elementary Particle Physics.

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