James Beacham

Particle Physicist at CERN


Dr. James Beacham searches for answers to the biggest open questions of physics using the largest experiment ever, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He hunts for dark matter, gravitons, quantum black holes, and dark photons as a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.

In addition to his research, he is a frequent speaker at popular sci/tech/art events around the world (with a large following on TikTok), including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Institution in London, the Guggenheim Bilbao, SXSW, and the BBC. His talk, “How we explore unanswered questions in physics”, was featured on TED.com and has been viewed more than 1.6 million times. He contributes to podcasts, radio shows, TV series, and documentaries, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, and Gizmodo, among others.

Beacham is also an experimental filmmaker and regularly collaborates with other artists. In 2015 he launched Ex/Noise/CERN, a project exploring the connections between particle physics and experimental music and film.