Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology


Sir Tejinder Virdee

Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee is an experimental particle physicist and a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. Born in Nyeri, Kenya on 13 October 1952, he moved to England in 1967. Virdee obtained a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Queen Mary University of London in 1974. He is one of the creators of the Compact Muon Slenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In recognition of his work on CMS he has been awarded the Institute of Physics High Energy Physics Prize. The experiment is one of two large general purpose particle physics detectors, the goal of which is to investigate a wide range of physics. Virdee has played a crucial role in all phases of CMS since its formation in 1992, stretching from design, prototyping, construction, installation, commissioning and initial operation. In 199? he became deputy spokesperson for the collaboration and was elected leader of CMS from January 2007. CMS now has over 2500 members from 180 institutes around the world. CMS, with the other main LHC experiment, ATLAS, is likely to dominate particle physics over at least the next decade. Virdee has won several awards including The European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize in 2013 and the Fundamental Physics Prize in 2012. Virdee was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. In 2014 Virdee was accorded an honorary Knighthood by the Queen for his achievements in science.

Praise for Sir Tejinder Virdee

"Beyond his innovative work in particle physics, he is also a great campaigner for science, and promoter of science and education in Africa and India."


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