Joe Vinen

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Joe Vinen
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
Awards Holweck Prize (1978)
Rumford Medal (1980)
Guthrie Medal and Prize (2005)
Scientific career
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Birmingham[1]
Thesis The hydrodynamics of liquid helium II (1957)
Doctoral advisor Donald Osborne
David Shoenberg[2]

William Frank "Joe" Vinen FRS is a retired British physicist specialising in low temperature physics.


He was appointed to a Chair of Physics at Birmingham University in 1962. He was appointed to the Poynting Chair in 1973. He served as Head of Department from 1973 until 1981. He retired in 1997.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Vinen was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1973.[3] His certificate of election reads:

He was awarded the Rumford Medal in 1980 in "recognition of his discovery of the quantum of circulation in superfluid helium and his development of new techniques for precise measurements within liquid helium."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Condensed Matter Physics Who's Who: Professor W F Vinen". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Gough, C. E. (1999). "W F Vinen - a celebration". Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. 11 (40): 7669. doi:10.1088/0953-8984/11/40/001. 
  3. ^ a b "William Vinen". 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". Archived from the original on 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2016-03-09.  , "Intellectual property rights"
  4. ^ "EC/1973/29: Vinen, William Frank". The Royal Society. Retrieved 16 July 2017.