Wilson’s research area is high-energy physics, which has the goal of understanding the fundamental forces and constituents of the universe, from its genesis to present day. His current focus is neutrino physics.
Wilson has contributed to the design, construction, operation and analysis of several large-scale multi-national experiments, including the SLD experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center that used the first linear electron-positron collider to study the properties of the Z0 weak boson and the BaBar Collaboration at SLAC, including the design and construction of the first Detector of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light used in the measurement of Charged-Parity violation in B meson decays.
He has been a professor in the physics department at CSU since 1992 and has taught more than 2,000 students.
Wilson earned his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of London in 1977, and his M.S. in physics and Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Purdue University in 1979 and 1983, respectively. He performed his thesis research and received post-doctoral training at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.