Michael Moore (physicist)

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Michael Moore

Michael Arthur Moore

1943 (age 75–76)
EducationHuddersfield New College
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
University of Oxford
University of Sussex
ThesisSome problems in the theory of many-body systems (1967)
Doctoral advisorW. E. Parry
Doctoral studentsNeil Burgess[1]

Michael Arthur Moore (born 1943)[2] FRS[3] is a British physicist and Emeritus Professor of theoretical physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester where he has worked since 1976.[2][4]

Moore was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1989.[3][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born on 8 October 1943, the son of John Moore and Barbara Atkinson. He was educated at Huddersfield New College and Oriel College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1967 for research on Many-body theory supervised by W. E. Parry.[6]

Research and career[edit]

After his PhD he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Between 1969 and 1971, he was a research fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. Between 1971 and 1976, he was a lecturer in physics at the University of Sussex.[2][5]

Moore has published many papers in statistical physics covering a wide range of topics.[3] His early research was on the application of scaling theories to magnetic spin systems and superfluidity, and contained a series of useful results on critical indices.[3] He then applied renormalisation group ideas to polymer solutions and clarified the relationship of this approach to previous theories; a particularly interesting result concerned the retrieval of the Flory index under approximation schemes.[3] After some work on critical behaviour on surfaces, he joined the (then) new spin glass field, and in collaboration with Alan Bray[7] wrote a series of important papers both on replica symmetry breaking in these systems and on their properties as revealed by computer simulation.[3] In particular, he is associated with the droplet scaling theory of the spin glass state. In recent years, Michael has extended this work to structural glasses.[3]


  1. ^ Burgess, Neil (1990). Neural networks, human memory and optimisation. manchester.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  2. ^ a b c MOORE, Prof. Michael Arthur. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (1989). "Professor Michael Moore FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org 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 11 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

  4. ^ Michael Moore publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Prof Michael Moore FRS". University of Manchester. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ Moore, Michael Arthur (1967). Some problems in the theory of many-body systems. ethos.bl.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
  7. ^ Bray, Alan; Moore, Michael (1987). "Chaotic nature of the spin-glass phase". Physical Review Letters. 58 (1): 57–60. Bibcode:1987PhRvL..58...57B. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.57. ISSN 1079-7114. PMID 10034289. closed access publication – behind paywall