Daresbury Laboratory

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Daresbury Laboratory
Aerial view of Daresbury Laboratory
Established1962 (1962)
Laboratory type
National scientific research laboratory
Field of research
DirectorProfessor Susan Smith
LocationDaresbury, England
53°20′35″N 2°38′26″W / 53.34306°N 2.64056°W / 53.34306; -2.64056Coordinates: 53°20′35″N 2°38′26″W / 53.34306°N 2.64056°W / 53.34306; -2.64056
Operating agency
Science and Technology
Facilities Council
Daresbury Laboratory is located in Cheshire
Daresbury Laboratory
Location in Cheshire

Daresbury Laboratory is a scientific research laboratory based at Sci-Tech Daresbury campus near Daresbury in Halton, Cheshire, England. The laboratory began operations in 1962 and was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson. It was the second national laboratory established by the British National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science, following the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory (now Rutherford Appleton Laboratory).[2] It is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation. As of 2018, it employs around 300 staff,[1] with Professor Susan Smith appointed as director in 2012.


Daresbury Tower, formerly the Nuclear Structure Facility

Daresbury Laboratory carries out research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science. Its facilities are used by scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base. The laboratory is based at Sci-Tech Daresbury.[1]

Facilities and research[edit]

Retired facilities[edit]


In 2009 the laboratory was awarded the title of the "Most Outstanding Science Park" at the UK Science Parks Association.[11]

See also[edit]

  • Alec Merrison Daresbury Laboratory's first director
  • Cockcroft Institute International centre for accelerator science and technology at Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Van de Graaff generator The former Nuclear Structure Facility at Daresbury was based on a Van de Graaff accelerator
  • Arthur Dooley The Laboratory has a piece 'Splitting of the Atom', unveiled in 1971, constructed from magnetic steel and two 37 inch pole tips taken from the cyclotron.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Daresbury Laboratory - Science and Technology Facilities Council". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ British electron synchrotron, Physics Today 17, 9, 65 (1964); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3051849
  3. ^ 'The Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA)' at astec.stfc.ac.uk Accessed 29 January 2017
  4. ^ CLARA Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications Accessed 29 January 2017
  5. ^ Official website of SuperSTEM Accessed 29 January 2017
  6. ^ "£30m grant announced by George Osborne at Daresbury Science Park". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Technology at Daresbury". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Virtual Engineering Centre | Locations". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  9. ^ ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers In Combined Experiments) at astec.ac.uk via Wayback Accessed 29 January 2017
  10. ^ HPCx - UK National Supercomputing Service 2002 - 2010 Accessed 29 January 2017
  11. ^ Clay, Oliver (24 September 2009). "Science park hailed as a UK trendsetter". Runcorn Weekly News. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. p. 3.
  12. ^ "Public Monument and Sculpture Association Record". Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.

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