Alan Andrew Watson
Watson at the Pierre Auger Observatory, Malargue, Argentina in 2008
Alan Andrew Watson
26 September 1938
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Known for||Haverah Park, Pierre Auger Observatory|
|Fields||Ultra-high energy cosmic rays, ultra-high energy gamma-rays and high energy astrophysics|
|Institutions||University of Leeds|
|Thesis||Physics of condensation of water vapour (1964)|
Watson was educated at the University of Edinburgh (BSc 1960 first class honours in physics) and was awarded the degree of PhD in 1964 for his thesis on the physics of condensation of water vapour: Examination and possible exploitation of certain unexplored features in the operation of high pressure cloud chambers. His main areas of interest were high-energy cosmic rays, ultra high-energy gamma rays and high-energy astrophysics.
Watson was instrumental in the creation of the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina (begun 1999) which gathered the data that led to major discoveries in cosmic-ray astronomy. The Observatory covers an area of 3000 square km with 1,600 particle detectors each placed at 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) intervals. Watson was serving as the spokesperson of the Pierre Auger collaboration and was later given the title of Spokesperson Emeritus.
Awards and honours
- "Alan Watson Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- Watson, Alan A (1964). Examination and possible exploitation of certain unexplored features in the operation of high pressure cloud chambers. University of Edinburgh.
- University of Leeds, List of Emeritus Professors Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Royal Society, List of Fellows