Alan Andrew Watson

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Alan Andrew Watson
File:Alan Andrew Watson at the Pierre Auger Observatory sign.jpg
Watson at the Pierre Auger Observatory, Malargue, Argentina in 2008
Residence Leeds
Citizenship British
Nationality Scottish
Fields Ultra-high energy cosmic rays, ultra-high energy gamma-rays and high energy astrophysics
Institutions University of Leeds
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Thesis Physics of Condensation of Water Vapour (1964)
Known for Haverah Park, Pierre Auger Observatory
Homepage at Leeds University

Alan Andrew Watson, FRS, (born 26 September 1938 in Edinburgh) is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, UK.

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. His main areas of interest were high-energy cosmic rays, ultra high-energy gamma rays and high-energy astrophysics.

Watson was Professor of Physics at the University of Leeds from 1984, having previously been Reader in Particle Cosmic Physics there, and retired in 2003 with the title Emeritus Professor.[1]

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 km2 with 1,600 particle detectors each placed at 1.5 km intervals.[2] Watson was serving as the spokesperson of the Pierre Auger collaboration and was later given the title of Spokesperson Emeritus.

Watson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2000.[3]