Michael Woolfson

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Michael Mark Woolfson (born 9 January 1927[1]) is a British physicist and planetary scientist. His research interests lie in the fields of x-ray crystallography, biophysics and the formation of stars and planets.


He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford and received his PhD from UMIST. He was a research assistant at UMIST 1950-52 and at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 1952-54. He was an ICI Fellow, University of Cambridge, 1954-55. At UMIST he was a lecturer, 1955–61, and a Reader, 1961-65. He was Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1965-94 University of York and head of the Department of Physics, 1982-87. He is now professor Emeritus.


He became an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College in 1999. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984 and is also a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics. He is an Honorary Vice-President of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.[2]


He has published books on the subjects of materials science, planet formation, mathematics and Big Bang cosmology. He is currently professor Emeritus at the University of York.


  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Yorkshire Philosophical Society". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  • Michael M. Woolfson, (2012). Everyday Probability and Statistics, Health, Elections, Gambling and War, 2nd Edition, Imperial College Press. ISBN 978-1-84816-761-2
  • Michael M. Woolfson and Fan Hai-Fu, (2005). Physical and Non-Physical Methods of Solving Crystal Structures, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-01938-9