Dr. Rob Appleby is a lecturer in the high energy particle physics group of the University of Manchester, a member of the Accelerator Physics group and of the Cockcroft Institute. His primary research interest is the physics of particle accelerators, including the motion of particles and new accelerator concepts, and he has worked for many years on the Large Hadron Collider and particle accelerators for cancer treatment. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester and a Masters degree in theoretical physics from the University of York. He has previously been a consultant on Comma’s Litmus and When It Changed anthologies.