Fay Dowker

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Fay Dowker
Born Helen Fay Dowker
(1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 51)
Fields Theoretical physics
Causal sets[1]
Alma mater University of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Thesis Space-time wormholes (1991)
Doctoral advisor Stephen Hawking[2]
Doctoral students
  • Dionigi Benincasa[3]
  • Michel Buck[4]
  • Stefan Zohren[5]
Influences Rafael Sorkin[1]
Notable awards

(Helen) Fay Dowker (/ˈdkər/; born September 9, 1965 in Manchester, Lancashire) is a British Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London.[7][8][9][10][11]


As a student, she was interested in wormholes and quantum cosmology. Having studied the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, Dowker was awarded the Tyson Medal in 1987 and completed her Doctor of Philosophy for research on spacetime wormholes supervised by Stephen Hawking[2][6] in 1990.[12]

Career and research[edit]

Dowker completed postdoctoral research at Fermilab, at the University of California, Santa Barbara and also the California Institute of Technology.[13][14]

She is currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics and a member of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial College London and an Affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing. She conducts research in a number of areas of theoretical physics including quantum gravity and causal set theory.[15][16][17]

Dowker was previously[when?] a Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

Personal life[edit]

Dowker is the daughter of physicist Stuart Dowker, who worked at the University of Manchester.[18][19] She was interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili for The Life Scientific in 2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Al-Khalili, Jim (2017). "Fay Dowker on a new theory of space-time". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 
  2. ^ a b Fay Dowker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Benincasa, Dionigi Maria Teofilo (2013). The action of a causal set. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. OCLC 892860777. hdl:10044/1/14170.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Buck, Michel (2014). A privileged quantum state from causal structure. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. hdl:10044/1/24574. 
  5. ^ Zohren, Stefan (2009). A causal perspective on random geometry. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. OCLC 728195080. 
  6. ^ a b Dowker, Helen Fay (1991). Space-time wormholes. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 839406193. 
  7. ^ Fay Dowker publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Dowker, Fay; Gauntlett, Jerome P.; Kastor, David A.; Traschen, Jennie (1994). "Pair creation of dilaton black holes". Physical Review D. 49 (6): 2909. Bibcode:1994PhRvD..49.2909D. arXiv:hep-th/9309075Freely accessible. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.49.2909. 
  9. ^ Dowker, Fay; Gauntlett, Jerome P; Giddings, Steven B.; Horowitz, Gary T. (1994). "Pair creation of extremal black holes and Kaluza-Klein monopoles". Physical Review D. 50 (4): 2662. Bibcode:1994PhRvD..50.2662D. arXiv:hep-th/9312172Freely accessible. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.50.2662. 
  10. ^ Dowker, Fay; Gauntlett, Jerome P.; Gibbons, Gary W.; Horowitz, Gary T. (1995). "Decay of magnetic fields in Kaluza-Klein theory". Physical Review D. 52 (12): 6929. Bibcode:1995PhRvD..52.6929D. arXiv:hep-th/9507143Freely accessible. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.52.6929. 
  11. ^ Fay Dowker on Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "Former Students". www.hawking.org.uk. Stephen Hawking. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. 
  13. ^ Dowker, Fay Page at Imperial College London
  14. ^ Dowker, Fay Personal webpage (last updated 2003) Archived 2006-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Dowker, Fay (2013). "Introduction to causal sets and their phenomenology". General Relativity and Gravitation. 45 (9): 1651. Bibcode:2013GReGr..45.1651D. doi:10.1007/s10714-013-1569-y. 
  16. ^ Dowker, Fay; Glaser, Lisa (2013). "Causal set d'Alembertians for various dimensions". Classical and Quantum Gravity. 30 (19): 195016. Bibcode:2013CQGra..30s5016D. arXiv:1305.2588Freely accessible. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/30/19/195016. 
  17. ^ Afshordi, Niayesh; Buck, Michel; Dowker, Fay; Rideout, David; Sorkin, Rafael D.; Yazdi, Yasaman K. (2012). "A ground state for the causal diamond in 2 dimensions". Journal of High Energy Physics. 2012 (10). Bibcode:2012JHEP...10..088A. arXiv:1207.7101Freely accessible. doi:10.1007/JHEP10(2012)088. 
  18. ^ Anon (2015). "Stuart Dowker". theory.physics.manchester.ac.uk. University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 2017-05-18. 
  19. ^ Dowker, Fay; Elizalde, Emilio; Kirsten, Klaus (2012). "Applications of zeta functions and other spectral functions in mathematics and physics: a special issue in honour of Stuart Dowker's 75th birthday". Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 45 (37): 370301. ISSN 1751-8113. doi:10.1088/1751-8113/45/37/370301.