Susan Cooper

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Susan Cooper

Professor of Experimental Physics (Emeritus)

Retired June 2015.

CV: PhD UC Berkeley 1980; temporary positions in e+e− particle physics at DESY 1980-6, including spokesman of Crystal Ball experiment; Assistant Prof. at MIT 1986-9, starting in near-IR astronomy to look for brown dwarfs as dark matter; permanent post at MPI Munich 1989-97, including founder and spokesman of the CRESST experiment to search for WIMP dark matter (continued for first few years at Oxford); Professor of Experimental Physics in Oxford 1995-2015 (initially part time); Head of Subdepartment of Particle Physics 1997-2004; Associate Head of Physics 2004-14; Deputy Head of PP 2004-15; elected member of University Council 2005-12; retired June 2015.

Research: My research career as indicated above moved among various areas following the development of my interests until coming to Oxford. Since then it was been motivated by the needs of the subdepartment − to push new initiatives or to solve problems − and moved on from dark matter to neutrino astronomy, R&D for a neutrino factory, detector development for the next linear collider, work on the UK-wide proposal for accelerator physics for the next linear collider, and ATLAS assembly. An increasing fraction of my time was been devoted to management responsibilities, which became essentially full-time as I approaced retirement in June 2015.