Sam Edwards (physicist)
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|Samuel Frederick Edwards|
|Born||1 February 1928
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge
|Doctoral advisor||Julian Schwinger|
|Doctoral students||Elliott H. Lieb
Monica Olvera de la Cruz
|Known for||path integral methods
physics of disordered systems
|Notable awards||Davy Medal (1984)
Boltzmann medal (1995)
Royal Medal (2001)
Dirac Medal (2005)
Early life and studies
Sir Samuel was born on 1 February 1928 in Swansea, the son of Richard and Mary Jane Edwards.
He was educated at the Bishop Gore School in Swansea, and Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester in Britain, and at Harvard University, in the United States. He wrote his thesis under Julian Schwinger on the structure of the electron, and subsequently developed the functional integral form of field theory.
Edwards' work in condensed matter physics started in 1958 with a paper which showed that statistical properties of disordered systems (glasses, gels etc.) could be described by the Feynman diagram and path integral methods invented in quantum field theory. During the following 35 years Edwards has worked in the theoretical study of complex materials, such as polymers, gels, colloids and similar systems.
He was Chairman of the Science Research Council 1973-1977 and between 1984-1995 was Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University. He is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Past President of Cambridge Society for the Application of Research.
Edwards was knighted in 1975. Awards presented to him include the Davy Medal (1984) and the Royal Medal (2001) of the Royal Society, the Boltzmann medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1995), and the Dirac Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (2005). He is also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and he holds an honorary degree (Doctor of Science) from the University of Bath (1978).
In 1953 Sir Sam married Merriell E.M. Bland, with whom he has three daughters and a son.
His relaxations are gardening and chamber music.
- Samuel Edwards: Boltzmann Medallist 1995, IUPAP Commission on Statistical Physics, retrieved 2013-02-20
- Paul M. Goldbart and Nigel Goldenfeld, David Sherrington (eds.) (2004). Stealing the gold: a celebration of the pioneering physics of Sam Edwards. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 0-19-852853-1.
- Edwards, S.F. (1958). "A new method for the evaluation of electric conductivity in metals" (PDF). Philosophical Magazine 3 (33): 1020–1031. Bibcode:1958PMag....3.1020E. doi:10.1080/14786435808243244. (together with contents pages for the above book).
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