David John Candlin

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David John Candlin (1928, Croydon, Surrey[1] - December 4, 2019[2]) was an English physicist. He was known for developing the path integral formulation of the Fermionic field, inventing Grassmann integration for this purpose.[3] He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1955, and wrote his influential paper on Grassmann integration shortly thereafter. He was later appointed a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh[4] and retired from this post in 1995.[5] He was at one time involved in collaborative work related to CERN.[6][7][8][9]

In 1955 he married Rosemary Shaw, crystallographer and later computer scientist.[10]


  1. ^ Birth record
  2. ^ David CANDLIN Obituary - Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh | The Scotsman
  3. ^ D.J. Candlin (1956). "On Sums over Trajectories for Systems With Fermi Statistics". Nuovo Cimento. 4: 231. Bibcode:1956NCim....4..231C. doi:10.1007/BF02745446.
  4. ^ A Community of Scholars: The Institute for Advanced Study, Faculty and Members 1930-1980
  5. ^ Institute for Advanced Study
  6. ^ Aleph collaboration
  7. ^ Atlas Graphics Design
  8. ^ Atlas discussion
  9. ^ Inspire author profile for Candlin, D.J.
  10. ^ The Times, 6 Sep 1955, p1