Roger Cowley

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Roger Cowley
Born Roger Arthur Cowley
(1939-02-24)24 February 1939
Died 27 January 2015(2015-01-27) (aged 75)
Alma mater University of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Scientific career
Institutions University of Oxford
University of Edinburgh
Thesis The lattice dynamics of ionic crystals (1964)

Roger Arthur Cowley, FRS,[1] FRSE, FInstP (24 February 1939 – 27 January 2015) was an English physicist who specialised in the excitations of solids.[2]


Cowley obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1960[2] and a Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Cambridge.[3]

Career and research[edit]

He was appointed professor of physics at the University of Edinburgh in 1970 and Dr Lee's Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 1988 (a post that carried with it a fellowship at Wadham College, Oxford).[2] Cowley made his name in the field of neutron scattering. This work lead to the study of phase transitions.

Awards and honours[edit]

Cowley was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1978.[1] He was awarded the inaugural Max Born Prize in 1973.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Birgeneau, Robert J. (2017). "Roger Arthur Cowley. 24 February 1939 — 27 January 2015". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2017.0011. ISSN 0080-4606. 
  2. ^ a b c Cowley, Roger (2011). "Roger Cowley CV". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. 
  3. ^ Cowley, Roger Arthur (1964). The lattice dynamics of ionic crystals. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 879394371.