Malcolm Perry (physicist)
Malcolm John Perry, (born 13 November 1951) is a theoretical physicist. Perry is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. His research mainly concerns general relativity, supergravity and string theory.
Perry was a graduate student at King's College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Stephen Hawking. He obtained his doctorate in 1978 with a thesis on the quantum mechanics of black holes. In these early years, he worked on several very influential papers on Euclidean quantum gravity and black hole radiation with Gary Gibbons and Stephen Hawking.
After his graduate studies, he worked in Princeton, New Jersey from 1978 to 1986. With his student Rob Myers, he found the Myers-Perry metric, which describes the higher dimensional generalization of the Kerr metric. He also started working on supergravity, string theory and Kaluza-Klein theory.
- Gibbons, G. W., Hawking, S. W., Perry, M. J. (1978). "Path Integrals and the Indefiniteness of the Gravitational Action". Nucl. Phys. B 138: 141–150. Bibcode:1978NuPhB.138..141G. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(78)90161-X.
- Robert C. Myers, M.J. Perry (1986). "Black Holes in Higher Dimensional Space-Times". Annals Phys. 172: 304–347. Bibcode:1986AnPhy.172..304M. doi:10.1016/0003-4916(86)90186-7.
- David J. Gross, Malcolm J. Perry (1983). "Magnetic Monopoles in Kaluza-Klein Theories". Nucl. Phys. B 226: 29–48. Bibcode:1983NuPhB.226...29G. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(83)90462-5.