Simon H Connell

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Prof Connell is professor of physics at the University of Johannesburg with the Engineering Faculty. He has research interests in Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Energy, Materials Science, Quantum Physics, High Performance Computing and Applied (innovation) Physics. His rating by the SA Research Funding Agency (NRF) cites him as having “considerable international recognition” - 34,000 citations and h-index 75 in Google Scholar. He is a past president of the South African Institute of Physics. He is the founding member of the South African participation in High Energy Physics at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, where with his group he participates in a Beyond Standard Model search as well as engineering and technical activities. He has published over 150 papers in International Journals and is also an ATLAS author. He has worked for many years at the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF). He is interested in technology for competitive industry and in innovation and has a project on the intelligent sensor based sorting of diamond in kimberlite, which is now being commercialized. He is a passionate supporter of Nuclear Energy and performs research in this area, particularly the modelling of power reactors. A current activity in the service of the discipline is to lead the progression of the African Roadmap for an advanced Light Source on the continent, (these are premier international multi-disciplinary large scale multidisciplinary infrastructure research tools). This global project is known as the African Light Source project. For the last year he has participated collaboratively in Public health projects, motivated to bring computational, engineering and physics expertise in an interdisciplinary way together with health scientists, to real problems.

-- SimonHConnell - 2020-11-25

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