Alex Paterson (also known as Dr Alex Paterson, born Duncan Alexander Robert Paterson on 15 October 1959 near Battersea in London) is an English musician and co-founder of the ambient group The Orb, in which he has worked since its inception.
Paterson's father died when he was eight years old. He attended Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire between 1970 and 1979 at the same time as Killing Joke producer "Youth" Martin Glover. Paterson later worked in the 80's as a roadie for Killing Joke, before working in the A&R department of EG Records. In 1990, Paterson's collaborations with his fellow Orb co-founder Jimmy Cauty ended, following Paterson's concerns about The Orb being perceived as a side-project of The KLF. Paterson retained The Orb name. More recently, Cauty and Paterson collaborated again, as Transit Kings. Paterson was also involved in FFWD, a collaboration with Kris Weston, Robert Fripp, and Thomas Fehlmann.
He played chill-out and experimental DJ sets at several Return to the Source parties and in 1999 he released Ambient Meditations 2, on the Return to the Source label.