Roland Dobbs

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(Edwin) Roland Dobbs (born 2 December 1924) is a British physicist, best known for his work in physical acoustics.[1]


Professor Dobbs was educated at Ilford County High School, Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet and University College London.


After radar research for the Admiralty, 1943-6, he was a research student at University College London, 1946-9 and lecturer in Physics, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1949-58.

He was Fulbright Scholar, Applied Mathematics, 1958-9 and, Associate Professor of Physics, 1959–60, Brown University, U.S..

On returning home, he became AEI Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 1960-4, Professor and Head of Department of Physics, University of Lancaster, 1964-73.

He then went to Bedford College, University of London as Head of Department of Physics, 1973–85 and Hildred Carlile Professor, 1973-90. Following the merger of Bedford and Royal Holloway College, he was Head of Department of Physics, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, 1985-90. On his retirement, he became Emeritus Professor.

He was also Vice-Principal, 1981-2 and Dean of the Faculty of Science, 1980-2; Chairman of the Board of Studies in Physics, University of London, 1982-5; Vice-Dean, 1986-8 and Dean, 1988–90, Faculty of Science, University of London.

He was a member of the Physics Committee of the Science Research Council, 1970–73 and of its Nuclear Physics Board, 1974–77, and a member of the Physics Committee of the Science and Engineering Research Council, 1983-86. He was Convenor, Standing Conference of Professors of Physics of Great Britain, 1985-88.

He is noted for his research on the physics of helium-3, including its behaviour as a superfluid, and published what was regarded as the definitive monograph on this subject in 2001.


  1. ^ "Citation: Roland Dobbs: Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics". Acoustics Bulletin. Institute of Acoustics. 33 (1): 15. ISSN 0308-437X.