Brian Foster was born in Crook Co. Durham, U.K. in 1954. He studied Physics at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and graduated from there in 1975 with a 1st Class Honours degree. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D. Phil. in particle physics in 1978.
After postdoctoral positions at RAL and Imperial College, University of London, he became a lecturer in Experimental Physics at the University of Bristol in 1984, and was successively appointed Reader and then Professor in 1996. He led the particle physics group there from 1992 - 2003, after which he became Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Balliol College. He is currently head of the Department of Particle Physics.
He was appointed Professor Emeritus at Bristol in 2003 and has been a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics since 1996. He was Chairman of the European Committee for Future Accelerators from 2002 - 2005 and a member of the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2001 - 2006. He is currently European Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize awarded jointly by the German Physical Society and UK Institute of Physics in 2003. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by HM Queen Elizabeth in 2003. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.