Donald Braben

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Donald W. Braben
Born (1935-05-29) May 29, 1935 (age 82)[1]
Liverpool, England
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Known for Blue skies research
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions University College London
University of Liverpool
Thesis Energy levels of Na 23 (1962)

Donald W. Braben is a British author and Honorary Professor in the department of Earth Sciences, University College London.[1]


Braben was educated at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded a PhD in 1962 for work on Isotopes of sodium.[2]


Braben is a well-known advocate of academic freedom,[3][4] blue skies research,[5][6][7] and the culture of science.[8] Braben is the author of "To Be a Scientist: The Spirit of Adventure in Science and Technology", (OUP 1994), Pioneering Research: A Risk Worth Taking (Wiley 2004) and Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization (Wiley 2008).[9]


  1. ^ a b "Donald Braben UCL Earth Sciences - UCL - Blue Skies Research". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ Braben, Donald W. (2012). Energy Levels of Na 23 (PhD thesis). University of Liverpool. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Donald W. Braben (2008). Scientific freedom: the elixir of civilization. New York: Wiley-Interscience. ISBN 0-470-22654-4. 
  4. ^ Augsdorfer, P. (2008). "Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization. By Donald W. Braben". ChemBioChem. 9 (17): 2889–2890. doi:10.1002/cbic.200800670. 
  5. ^ Braben, D. W. (2004). Pioneering research: a risk worth taking. New York: Wiley-Interscience. ISBN 0-471-48852-6. 
  6. ^ Braben, D. (2002). "Blue Skies Research and the global economy". Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. 314: 768–773. Bibcode:2002PhyA..314..768B. doi:10.1016/S0378-4371(02)01065-8. 
  7. ^ Braben, D. W. (1985). "Innovation and academic research". Nature. 316 (6027): 401. Bibcode:1985Natur.316..401B. doi:10.1038/316401a0. 
  8. ^ Braben, D. W. (1994). To be a scientist. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852290-8. 
  9. ^ "Blue Skies Research". Retrieved 2012-12-10.