Alan Andrew Watson
|Alan Andrew Watson|
|File:Alan Andrew Watson at the Pierre Auger Observatory sign.jpg
Watson at the Pierre Auger Observatory, Malargue, Argentina in 2008
|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
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 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. Watson was serving as the spokesperson of the Pierre Auger collaboration and was later given the title of Spokesperson Emeritus.