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Image3Pubblico qui di seguito la biografia wikipedica in inglese di questo grande Fisico del Cern. In calce una sua lezione sull'antimateria davvero straordinaria per la chiarezza con cui è fatta e la fascinazione che trasmette. Se i modelli femminili e maschili proposti nelle scuole fossero sempre questi non vi sono dubbi che ci sarebbe ancora speranza da coltivare.

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Tara Shears (born 1969) is a Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool.

Shears was born in Salisbury in Wiltshire. She remained in Wiltshire, living in Wootton Rivers and attending the co-educational comprehensive school Pewsey Vale School, where she was inspired by her chemistry teacher. The school had no sixth form, and her parents moved to Wedhampton (near Urchfont), where she attended the co-educational independent school Dauntsey’s School, which offered many state scholarships at the time – many of the pupils were state-funded. At A-level she studied Maths, Physics, Chemistry and English, where she was the only female in her Physics class – not uncommon in British co-educational schools, even independent schools. She obtained A grades in all her sixth form exams.

Her experience of being the only female in the Physics class would have been an advantage when she attended Imperial College London to study Physics. She obtained a 1st Class honours degree in 1991.

She went to the University of Cambridge to complete a PhD in Particle Physics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She completed a PPARC (Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, now the Science and Technology Facilities Council since 2007) fellowship at the Victoria University of Manchester.

Particle physics
Shears was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship with the University of Liverpool in 2000 to continue her work at the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experimental collaboration at the Fermilab facility in the USA. In 2004 she joined the LHCb experiment[1] at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator (the world’s largest), for which she initiated and developed the electroweak and exotica physics working group.

Physics professor
Shears became the first female Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool.

She researches the properties of bottom quarks using hadron colliders, testing the Standard Model theory in the electroweak sector, to seek answers for the reasons that there is so little antimatter in the universe.

She is also employed as a science communicator, being able to promote female interest in physics as a role model. She is Chair of the STFC’s Education, Training and Careers Committee.[2]

Shears’ publication record is extensive, with an h-index of 68 and an author or co-author on approximately 250 articles published in Physical Review Letters, over 200 in Physical Review D, and over 150 in European Physical Journal C.[3]

Awards and Major Projects
Shears was awarded a CERN fellowship to conduct research on the Large Electron–Positron Collider (LEP).

In 1995 she conducted a project: A Measurement of the B”+ and B”0 Meson Lifetimes and Lifetime Ratio Using the OPAL Detector at LEP.