The Stirling Lecture for 2009 is to be given by Professor Brian Cox, of Manchester University. The lecture is entitled ``CERN's Big Bang Machine: The Large Hadron Collider" and will be given in the Applebey Lecture Theatre, Science Laboratories on Thursday 10th December at 5.15pm.
Brian Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. He is also leading the an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiments by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 meters from the interaction points of the main experiments.
Cox has received many awards for his efforts to publicise science. In 2002 he was elected an International Fellow of the Explorers Club and in 2006 Cox received the British Association Lord Kelvin Award for this work.
Cox is also known for his involvement in science programmes for BBC radio and television, including In Einstein's Shadow, the BBC Horizon series ("Large Hadron Collider and the Big Bang", "What On Earth Is Wrong With Gravity" and "Do You Know What Time It Is?") and for voiceovers on the BBC's Bitesize revision programmes. Cox was the science adviser for the sci-fi movie Sunshine and was featured on the Discovery Channel special Megaworld: Switzerland.
The Stirling lecture is an annual series in honour of the IPPP's Founding Director, Professor James Stirling CBE FRS.