Paul Tipton appointed Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics

Tipton has made critical contributions to some of the most significant scientific collaborations in the field of experimental particle physics.
Paul Tipton
Paul Tipton

Paul Tipton, who has made critical contributions to some of the most significant scientific collaborations in the field of experimental particle physics, including the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), was recently appointed the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, effective immediately.

Tipton is a member of Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Physics.

A member of the Yale faculty since 2006, his research seeks signatures of new interactions or new objects. This work has broadened human knowledge of the very nature of the universe.

Among Tipton’s recent achievements, in 2022 his group fabricated “stave core” structures that are critical to the ATLAS experiment, which aims to record the high-energy particle collisions of the LHC, enabling scientists to identify new processes and particles that could change our understanding of energy and matter. Previously, as part of the CDF Collaboration, his research group made critical contributions to the discovery of the top quark.

His research, which has been supported by multiple major grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and other funders, has been documented in more than 900 publications, which have appeared in the major journals in the field. In addition, major media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and ABC News, regularly turn to Tipton for comment on major discoveries in physics.

Tipton is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has received awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He chaired the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s High Energy Physics Strategy review committee in 2019. Through this work, and through collaborations that span the United States and the world, he plays an integral role in setting the research agenda for the field.

At Yale, Tipton currently serves on the Course of Study Committee, and on the faculty advisory board of the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI). In addition to offering courses in Yale undergraduate and graduate courses in particle physics, he also has taught “Concepts of Modern Physics” to incarcerated students through YPEI. He served as chair of the Department of Physics from 2013 to 2019 and as director of graduate studies from 2010 to 2013.

He received a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Binghamton and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester.

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