Charles Angas Hurst

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Charles Angas Hurst AM DSc FAA (22 September 1923 – 19 October 2011[1]) was an Australian mathematical physicist noted for his work in lattice models, quantum field theory, asymptotic expansions and Lie groups. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003, elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in , and awarded the Centenary Medal and an Hon DSc (Melb).[2][3] His PhD was a seminal work on quantum field theory, developing asymptotic expansions for perturbation expansions. In 1952 Hurst represented Australia in the inaugural International Mathematical Union.

Hurst's work with Herbert Green[4] on lattice problems and the Ising model led to the Free fermion field model,[5] which contained all known properties of Fermions at the time of its publication. Hurst's work with Thirring (Thirring model) found the simplest non-linear field and is still used as a test model for perturbation theory.


  1. ^ Archived November 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. 26 January 2003. For service to science, particularly in the field of mathematical physics as an educator, researcher and administrator 
  3. ^ "Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. 1 January 2001. For service to Australian society and science in mathematical physics 
  4. ^ "AAS-Biographical memoirs-Green". Archived from the original on 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Home Page". American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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