Donald Braben

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Donald W. Braben
Born (1935-05-29) 29 May 1935 (age 84)[1]
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
Known forBlue skies research
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
University of Liverpool
ThesisEnergy levels of Na 23 (1962)

Donald W. Braben is a British author and Honorary Professor in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), 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), Promoting the Planck Club. How defiant youth, irreverent researchers and liberated universities can foster prosperity indefinitely (Wiley 2014). While Braben had limited success in raising funds, he sponsored many radical challenges, which turned out to be very successful. [9]


  1. ^ a b "Donald Braben UCL Earth Sciences - UCL - Blue Skies Research". Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  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 10 December 2012.