Julia Yeomans

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Julia Yeomans
Born Julia Mary Yeomans
(1954-10-15) 15 October 1954 (age 63)
Residence Oxford[citation needed]
Alma mater
Website www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JuliaYeomans
Scientific career
Thesis Critical phenomena in disordered systems (1979)
Doctoral advisor Robin Stinchcombe[1]

Julia Mary Yeomans, FRS, FInstP (born 15 October 1954) is a British theoretical physicist and academic. She is active in the fields of soft condensed matter and biological physics.[2][3][4][5][6] She is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Yeomans was born on 15 October 1954 in Derby, Derbyshire, England.[8] She was educated at Wolfson College, Oxford where she was awarded a DPhil degree in Theoretical Physics in 1979).[1] During her DPhil research, she worked with Robin Stinchcombe on critical phenomena in spin models.


After two years of working as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University with Michael E. Fisher, she was appointed a lecturer at the Department of Physics at the University of Southampton in 1981. In 1983, she moved to the University of Oxford where she became a professor in 2002.[7]

Yeomans is a professor at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. Her research concentrates in theoretical modelling of processes in complex fluids including liquid crystals, drops on hydrophobic surfaces, microchannels, as well as bacteria.[9]

Yeomans' research is available for a younger audience under the guise of Nature's Raincoats: bio-inspired super water-repellent surfaces. This was first presented for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009.[10]


In 2012, Yeomans was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Research Grant for her research proposal "Microflow in complex environments".[11]

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013. Her nomination reads:[9]


  1. ^ a b Yeomans, Julia (1979). Critical phenomena in disordered systems (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  2. ^ Julia Yeomans's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Swift, M.; Osborn, W.; Yeomans, J. (1995). "Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Nonideal Fluids". Physical Review Letters. 75 (5): 830–833. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.75.830. PMID 10060129. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, M.; Griffiths, R.; Yeomans, J.; Fisher, M. (1981). "Three-component model and tricritical points: A renormalization-group study. Two dimensions". Physical Review B. 23 (7): 3448–3459. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.23.3448. 
  5. ^ Price, G. D.; Yeomans, J. (1984). "The application of the ANNNI model to polytypic behaviour". Acta Crystallographica Section B. 40 (5): 448–454. doi:10.1107/S0108768184002469. 
  6. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  7. ^ a b "Oxford Physics: Soft and Biological Matter". Oxford University. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  8. ^ 'YEOMANS, Prof. Julia Mary', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 15 Oct 2017
  9. ^ a b "Professor Julia Yeomans FRS". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Nature's Raincoats". Nature's Raincoats. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  11. ^ "ERC Advanced Grant 2011" (PDF). European Research Commission. Retrieved 2013-10-10.