2009 Moseley medal and prize
Dr Matthew Wing
University College London
For his outstanding contributions to the experimental programme of the HERA collider at DESY, the leading experimental facility for studying the detailed sub-structure of the proton. In particular his work has led to a deeper understanding of the strong force and will have important applications to the LHC and future colliders.
Matthew Wing is one of the world’s leading researchers in the study of the production of heavy quarks and the heavy quark content of the proton. He has made the definitive measurements of the charm quark content of the proton and of beauty production from studies of high energy hadronic jets produced from electron-proton collisions at the HERA collider at DESY, using the ZEUS detector. His measurements have led to a deeper understanding of the strong force which has particular application to the LHC and future colliders. He has made defining measurements of both the structure of the proton and the photon and of the strength of the strong force facilitated by improving the performance of the ZEUS detector, in particular the micro-vertex detector and the calorimetric energy scale. He is the author of over 150 publications in the last 10 years and is presently one of the youngest co-spokespersons of any international particle physics experiment. He has led the physics output of the ZEUS experiment for the past four years and is also leading efforts internationally to develop data acquisition systems for the next generation of accelerators both for particle physics and life-sciences.