Dr Edward Simpson

MPhys (Fist Class Honours, Surrey), PhD (Surrey)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Nuclear Physics 510601

Research interests

  • Nuclear fusion
  • Nuclear structure
  • Radiation effects in space
  • Proton and hadron beam cancer therapy
  • Astrophysics


Dr. Ed Simpson is a nuclear physicist and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Applications at the Australian National University. His research focuses on nuclear collisions and how they can be used in fundamental science, from the quantum mechanics that govern fusion to the reactions that power stars. Increasingly, his research seeks to build a bridge between foundational nuclear science and nuclear applications, from particle beam cancer therapies to understanding the effects of radiation on spacecraft.  He completed his PhD in nuclear theory at the University of Surrey in 2009, and has since held positions at the University of Surrey, the University of York, and the Australian National University. 

He has won two ARC Discovery Project Grants (total awarded $1,153,500) and computer time from the National Computational Infrastructure (176,000 CPU hours).  He was winner of the inaugural UK Institute of Physics Nuclear Physics Group Prize (2010), recipient of a Young Tall Poppies Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (2018), and received an award from the Director of the Research School of Physics for Contributions to the Promotion of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (2018).

He is convener of the Bachelor of Science Nuclear Science Minor and convenes and teaches PHYS8212 Advanced Reactor Science.

Dr Simpson is also a former Australian Science Policy Fellow (2021/22), contributing to science policy at the Department for Agriculture, Water and the Environment, and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Here, he supported Australia’s delegation to the International Panel on Climate Change and helped develop to the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.


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