Paul Taunton Matthews

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Paul Taunton Matthews
Born 19 November 1919 (1919-11-19)
Erode, Tamil Nadu, British India (present-day India)
Died 26 February 1987(1987-02-26) (aged 67)
Cambridge, U.K.
Residence Cambridge, United Kingdom
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Theoretical Physics
Institutions Imperial College London
University of Bath
Science and Engineering Research Council
Alma mater Imperial College London
Doctoral advisor Nicholas Kemmer
Doctoral students Faheem Hussain
Christopher Isham
Other notable students Abdus Salam
Stanley Mandelstam
Notable awards Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Adams Prize (1958)
Rutherford Medal and Prize (1978)
A close friend and mentor of the only Pakistani Nobel Prize holder, Dr. Abdus Salam, and of CERN physicist, Faheem Hussain.

Paul Taunton Matthews CBE FRS[1] (19 November 1919 – 26 February 1987) was a British theoretical physicist.[2][3][4]

He was born in Erode in India. He was awarded the Adams Prize in 1958, elected to the Royal Society in 1963,[1] and awarded the Rutherford Medal and Prize in 1978. He became head of the Physics Department of Imperial College, London and later vice chancellor of the University of Bath. He was also awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath in 1983. He was also chairman of the Nuclear Physics Board of the Science Research Council.

He died in Cambridge from injuries sustained in a cycling accident.


  1. ^ a b c Kibble, T. W. B. (1988). "Paul Taunton Matthews. 19 November 1919-26 February 1987". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 34: 554–526. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1988.0018. JSTOR 770061.  edit
  2. ^ Matthews, P. T. (1971). The nuclear apple: recent discoveries in fundamental physics. London: Chatto and Windus. ISBN 0-7011-1709-5. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Paul T. (1974). Introduction to quantum mechanics. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-084036-9. 
  4. ^ Salam, Abdus (October 1987). "Obituary: Paul Matthews". Physics Today 40 (10): 142–146. Bibcode:1987PhT....40j.142S. doi:10.1063/1.2820245. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Leonard Rotherham
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath
Succeeded by
John Rodney Quayle