Neil Geddes leads the STFC e-Science Department, with responsibility for data storage and management, scientific computing and grid technology development and exploitation in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC.
Neil obtained his doctorate in High Energy Particle Physics (HEP) from the University of Oxford in 1986. Thereafter, he joined the Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) where he remained until 2001. During this time Neil spent periods at CERN and SLAC, working as a member of the OPAL and BaBar collaborations to pursue research into Quantum Chromo-Dynamics hadronisation models and matter-antimatter asymmetries. In April 2001 Neil joined the UK’s Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council to direct their e-science programme, including the setting up of the LHC Grid computing project. Neil was the first Chairman of the worldwide LHC Computing Grid Collaboration (wLCG). From 2005 to 2011he led the e-Science Department at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), with responsibility for data management, scientific computing and grid technology, in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC. In 2012 Neil took over as Director Technology with wide ranging responsibilities covering engineering, micro-electronics, applied physics, nuclear physics and astronomy.
Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Visiting Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, he has over 500 refereed publications covering particle physics and computing, and is a member of a number of National and International advisory panels on science and e-infrastructure.