Daresbury Laboratory


Daresbury Laboratory
Aerial view of Daresbury Laboratory
Established1962 (1962)
Laboratory type
National scientific research laboratory
Field of research
DirectorProfessor Susan Smith
LocationDaresbury, England
53°20′35″N 2°38′26″W / 53.34306°N 2.64056°W / 53.34306; -2.64056Coordinates: 53°20′35″N 2°38′26″W / 53.34306°N 2.64056°W / 53.34306; -2.64056
Operating agency
Science and Technology
Facilities Council
Daresbury Laboratory is located in Cheshire
Daresbury Laboratory
Location in Cheshire

Daresbury Laboratory is a scientific research laboratory based at Sci-Tech Daresbury campus near Daresbury in Halton, Cheshire, England. The laboratory began operations in 1962 and was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson. It is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation. As of 2018, it employs around 300 staff,[1] with Professor Susan Smith appointed as director in 2012.


Daresbury Tower, formerly the Nuclear Structure Facility

Daresbury Laboratory carries out research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science. Its facilities are used by scientists and engineers, from both the university research community and industrial research base. The laboratory is based at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

Facilities and research

Retired facilities


In 2009 the laboratory was awarded the title of the "Most Outstanding Science Park" at the UK Science Parks Association.[10]

See also

  • Alec Merrison Daresbury Laboratory's first director
  • Cockcroft Institute International centre for accelerator science and technology at Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Van de Graaff generator The former Nuclear Structure Facility at Daresbury was based on a Van de Graaff accelerator
  • Arthur Dooley The Laboratory has a piece 'Splitting of the Atom', unveiled in 1971, constructed from magnetic steel and two 37 inch pole tips taken from the cyclotron.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Daresbury Laboratory - Science and Technology Facilities Council". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ 'The Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA)' at astec.stfc.ac.uk Accessed 29 January 2017
  3. ^ CLARA Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications Accessed 29 January 2017
  4. ^ Official website of SuperSTEM Accessed 29 January 2017
  5. ^ "£30m grant announced by George Osborne at Daresbury Science Park". Retrieved Feb 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Technology at Daresbury". Retrieved Jan 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "Virtual Engineering Centre | Locations". Retrieved Jan 31, 2019.
  8. ^ ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers In Combined Experiments) at astec.ac.uk via Wayback Accessed 29 January 2017
  9. ^ HPCx - UK National Supercomputing Service 2002 - 2010 Accessed 29 January 2017
  10. ^ Clay, Oliver (24 September 2009). "Science park hailed as a UK trendsetter". Runcorn Weekly News. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. p. 3.
  11. ^ "Public Monument and Sculpture Association Record". Archived from the original on August 12, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.

External links

  • Daresbury Laboratory at Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Synchrotron Radiation Source
  • Accelerator Science and Technology Centre
  • 4GLS - the proposed Fourth Generation Light Source