Graham Ross (physicist)

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Graham Ross
ResidenceOxford, England[1]
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen (BSc 1966)
University of Oxford (D.Phil 1969)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Doctoral advisorAlan Martin[2]
Doctoral students

Graham Garland Ross FRS is a British theoretical physicist, currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.[3]


Ross is known for constructing models of fundamental interactions and verifying them by experimentation. With others, he predicted that gluon radiation would generate collimated jets of particles in electron–positron annihilation, which subsequently established the existence of the gluon. He made contributions to the foundation of the perturbative treatment of quantum chromodynamics, applying it to high-energy processes and developing connections with the low-energy quark model. He developed predictions of unified models of the fundamental forces for polarised lepton scattering, for sin2θW, for proton decay, and for inflationary cosmology. He discovered that in supersymmetric models, the electroweak symmetry can be broken by quantum effects, and he was among the first researchers to develop models based on this idea.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Ross was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1991.[5] In 2012 he was given the Dirac Medal by the Institute of Physics for his theoretical work in developing both the Standard Model of fundamental particles and forces and theories beyond the Standard Model that have led to many new insights into the origins and nature of the universe.[6]


  1. ^ Ross, Prof. Graham Garland. Who's Who. 2017 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ Graham G. Ross at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Staff profile, Oxford University, retrieved 2016-02-28
  4. ^ "Graham Ross". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the website where "all text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2017-07-10), "Intellectual property rights"
  5. ^ Graham Ross, The Royal Society
  6. ^ 2012 Dirac medal, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2016-02-28