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General Trustee: Professor Philip Burrows CPhys FInstP

Term of office: October 2021-September 2025


A headshot of Institute of Physics Council member Philip Burrows smiling

Philip is an experimental high-energy particle physicist who spent the first 15 years of his career probing the strong nuclear force and testing quantum chromodynamics.

For the last 20 years he has led development of the design, engineering and technology required for advanced particle accelerators and beamlines. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science.

In recent years he has led plans for the preparation of an energy-frontier linear electron-positron collider for exploring the nature of the Higgs boson and searching for physics beyond the Standard Model. His research programme is focused on ultra-fast feedback and feed-forward systems for controlling the trajectories of relativistic particle beams.

Philip graduated from Oxford in 1985 with a BA (hons) degree in physics and completed his DPhil in particle physics in 1988. He then spent 10 years working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (now SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory).

He returned to the UK in 1998 as a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council Advanced Fellow and in 2002 was appointed to a faculty post at Queen Mary University of London. He was appointed Professor of Physics at Oxford in 2006. He is a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and between 2017 and 2019 was Guest Professor of the Director General at CERN.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society, and Member of the European Physical Society.