Herbert S. Green

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Bert Green
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Herbert Sydney Green (1920–1999)
Born17 December 1920
Died16 February 1999(1999-02-16) (aged 78)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Known forBBGKY hierarchy
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Adelaide
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Doctoral advisorMax Born

Herbert (Bert) Sydney Green (17 December 1920 – 16 February 1999) was a British–Australian physicist. Green was a doctoral student of the Nobel Laureate Max Born at Edinburgh, with whom he was involved in the development of the modern kinetic theory. Green is the letter "G" in the BBGKY hierarchy.


Born in Ipswich, England, he graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1947 with a thesis entitled A Unitary Quantum Electrodynamics.


From 1951 till his death in 1999, Green lectured mathematical physics at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Personal life[edit]

Green is survived by wife Marie-Louise Green and children Johanne Green and Roy Green (dean of several management schools around the world, including NUIG, Ireland and MGSM, Sydney).

Books by Green[edit]

  • Green, H. S. (1965). Matrix Mechanics. Groningen, The Netherlands: P. Noordhoff Ltd.
  • H.S. Green, Information Theory and Quantum Physics: Physical Foundations for Understanding the Conscious Process, Springer, 2000, ISBN 3-540-66517-X.


  • Peter Szekeres, "Mathematical physics at The University of Adelaide," Report on Mathematical Physics, 57(1), 2006, pp. 3–11.
  • Angus Hurst (2001). "Herbert Sydney Green 1920–1999". Historical Records of Australian Science. 13 (3): 301–322.
    Re-published "Biographical Memoirs: Herbert Sydney Green 1920–1999". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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