Richard S. Ward

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Richard Samuel Ward
Born (1951-09-06) September 6, 1951 (age 68)[1]
Alma mater
AwardsWhitehead Prize (1989)
Fellow of the Royal Society (2005)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Durham
Doctoral advisorRoger Penrose[2]
Doctoral students

Richard Samuel Ward FRS (born 6 September 1951) is a British mathematical physicist. He is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Durham.[3]


Ward earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1977, under the supervision of Roger Penrose. He is most famous for his extension of Penrose's twistor theory to nonlinear cases, which he with Michael Atiyah used to describe instantons by vector bundles on the three-dimensional complex projective space. He has related interests in the theory of monopoles, topological solitons and skyrmions.

Honors and awards[edit]

Ward was awarded the Whitehead Prize in 1989 for his work in mathematical physics.[4] He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2005.[5] His certificate of election reads:



Selected academic works[edit]

  • Ward, R.S. (1977), "On self-dual gauge fields", Physics Letters A, 61 (2): 81–82, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(77)90842-8, MR 0443823.
  • Atiyah, M.F.; Ward, R.S. (1977), "Instantons and algebraic geometry", Communications in Mathematical Physics, 55 (2): 117–124, doi:10.1007/BF01626514.
  • Ward, R.S.; Tabor, M. (1985), "Integrable and solvable systems, and relations among them", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 315 (1533): 451–457, doi:10.1098/rsta.1985.0051.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "WARD, Prof. Richard Samuel". Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Richard S. Ward at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Staff profile, University of Durham, retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. ^ Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ Notices of the AMS - Sept 2005 American Mathematical Society
  6. ^ "EC/2005/41: Ward, Richard Samuel". The Royal Society. Retrieved 19 March 2016.