Nigel Lockyer

Adjunct Professor
Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (September, 2013)


Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Linear Accelerator, 1980-84

Spokesperson, MarkII Collaboration (1983-1984)

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984-90

Visiting Scientist (two summers), Fermilab (1987-88)

Visiting Scientist, SSC Laboratory (1989-90)

Spokesperson, BCD Collaboration (1987-1993)

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1990-97

Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs (1997-1998)

Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-2007

Co-Head, CDF Operations–Guest Scientist, Fermilab (2001-2002)

Guest Scientist, Fermilab (2002-2005)

Co-Spokesperson, SMTF Collaboration (2005-)

Co-Spokesperson, CDF Collaboration (2002-2004)

Director, TRIUMF, 2007-2013

Professor of Physics, University of British Columbia, 2007-

Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (September, 2013)

Honors include:


Fellow, American Physical Society.

Panofsky Prize, American Physical Society, 2006




Ph.D., Ohio State University (1980) 
B.Sc., York University, Toronto (1975)

Research Interests: 

By training, Nigel is a particle physicist, but in practice he has many interests. He came to TRIUMF, and returned to Canada, from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a professor of physics. His research there explored the detailed behaviour of matter and energy at the smallest scales and the highest energies, using accelerators around the world to probe elementary particles known as quarks that are thought to make up matter at the most basic level. Particle physicists are the cartoonists of physical science: their theories of the universe include objects named “quark,” “strange,” “charm,” “Zed,” “gluon,” and maybe even “string.” Nigel is famous in the physics community for his work on the particle known as the bottom quark for which he was awarded the American Physical Society’s W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in 2006. Nigel is well seasoned in working with big teams. For two years, Nigel served as spokesperson for a 600-person international collaboration known as CDF based at Fermilab near Chicago. The project achieved world acclaim for studying the top quark, a counterpart to the bottom quark. While at Pennsylvania, Nigel developed his interest in the applications of physics to real-world problems, a spirit that he has brought with him to TRIUMF. He worked with the Penn Medical School on proton therapy for cancer as well as detectors for medical physics. He has also lectured on Benjamin Franklin and is an avid fan of Winston Churchill. In addition to directing TRIUMF, Nigel is also a professor at UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. When he has time between the many commitments of a laboratory director, he reads business articles in the Globe and Mail, excerpts from President Barack Obama’s speeches, and cutting-edge research papers in nuclear medicine. Nigel also contributes to Quantum Diaries, a collaborative blog following a number of particle physics labs and personnel.

Selected Publications: 


  • F. Abe et al., Measurement of the Lifetime of the Bs Meson Using the Exclusive Decay Mode Bs to J/psi phi Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 1945-1949 (1996).
  • W. Kononenko and N. S. Lockyer, Substrate Studies of Cesium-Iodide Photocathodes NIM A 371 (1996) 143-146.
  • W. Kononenko et al., Photoemission from 511 KeV gamma rays incident on BaF2 and LaF3 Crystals. NIM A 396 (1997) 172-180.
  • F. Ukegawa et al, Results from a 20 scintillator-bar time-of-flight system located inside the CDF solenoid. Nim A 439 (2000) 65-79.
  • F. Liu, J. Karp, et al., Design and Performance of a Portable Positron-Sensitive Surgical Probe
  • T. Affolder et al., A Measurement of sin2ß from B° -> J/psi K°S with the CDF Detector Phys. Rev. D61 072005 (2000).
  • S. Peggs et al., RCMS-A Second Generation Medical Synchrotron Presented at PTCOG, Boston, June 2001.
  • CDF CENTRAL OUTER TRACKER. By CDF Collaboration (T. Affolder et al.) Published in Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A526:249-299,2004
  • D. Acosta et al., Measurement of ttbar cross section using dilepton events at Tevatron Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 142001 (2004)
  • A. Abulencia et al., Search for High Mass Resonances Decaying to e-mu pairs in Proton Antiproton Collisions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 211802 (2006).


Other Affiliations: 

TRIUMF - Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics