School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

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School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
Schuster Laboratory.jpg
The Schuster Laboratory on Brunswick Street is the main site of the School of Physics and Astronomy
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Affiliations Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
University of Manchester
Website www.physics.manchester.ac.uk

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester is one of the largest and most active Physics departments in the UK, taking around 250 new undergraduates and 50 postgraduates each year, and employing more than 80 members of academic staff and over 100 research fellows and associates.[1] The school is based on two sites: the Schuster Laboratory on Brunswick Street and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Cheshire, international headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).[2]

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the school is the 13th best Physics department in the world and 2nd best in Europe.[1] It is ranked equal 7th place in the UK by GPA according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.[3] The University has a long history of physics dating back to 1874, which includes 12 Nobel laureates,[4] most recently Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 for their discovery of graphene.[5][6][7]

Research groups[edit]

The School of Physics and Astronomy comprises eight research groups:

  1. Astronomy and Astrophysics
  2. Biological Physics
  3. Condensed Matter Physics
  4. Nonlinear Dynamics and Liquid Crystal Physics
  5. Photon Physics
  6. Particle Physics
  7. Nuclear Physics
  8. Theoretical Physics

Research in the department of Physics has been funded by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)[8] and the Royal Society.

Senior academic staff: Professors[edit]

Professor Andre Geim FRS is one of the few people to hold both an Ig Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize.
Kostya Novoselov FRS, Langworthy Professor of Physics
Professor Brian Cox OBE, widely known for BBC television series such as Wonders of the Solar System.
Early work on Graphene (above) took place in the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology and will move to the National Graphene Institute in 2015

As of 2015 the School employs 53 Professors, including Emeritus Professors.[9]

  1. Richard Battye, Professor of Cosmology
  2. Jonathan Billowes, Professor of Nuclear Physics
  3. Michael Birse, Professor of Theoretical Physics
  4. Raymond Bishop, Research Professor of Theoretical Physics
  5. Sarah Bridle,[10] Professor of Astrophysics
  6. Michael Brown, Professor of Astrophysics
  7. Ian Browne, Professor of Radio Astronomy
  8. Phillipa Browning,[11] Professor of Astrophysics
  9. Brian Cox,[12] OBE, Professor of Particle Physics, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider
  10. Rod Davies, FRS CBE,[13] Professor of Radio Astronomy
  11. Richard Davis, Professor of Astrophysics
  12. Philip Dawson, Professor of Photon Physics
  13. Philip Diamond,[14] Professor of Photon Physics and Director General of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
  14. Alexander Donnachie,[15] Research Professor
  15. Wendy Flavell,[16] Professor of Surface Physics
  16. Jeffrey Forshaw,[12] Professor of Particle Physics and co-author of The Quantum Universe
  17. Sean Freeman, Professor of Physics
  18. Gary Fuller, Professor of Physics
  19. Sir Andre Geim FRS,[17] Regius Professor & Royal Society Research Professor[5]
  20. Andrei Golov, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
  21. Alexander Grigorenko, Professor of Physics
  22. Irina Grigorieva,[18] Professor of Physics
  23. Roger Jones, Professor of Particle Accelerator Physics
  24. Anne Juel, Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics
  25. George King, Emeritus Professor
  26. Michael Kramer, Professor of Astrophysics
  27. George Lafferty, Professor of Experimental Particle Physics working on the BaBar experiment.[19]
  28. Fred Loebinger, Emeritus Professor
  29. Jian Lu, Professor of Biophysics
  30. Andrew Lyne,[20] FRS, Emeritus Professor & co-discoverer of the binary pulsar
  31. Shude Mao, Professor of Astrophysics
  32. Robin Marshall,[21] FRS, Professor of Physics & Biology
  33. Alan Mackane, Professor of Physics
  34. Michael Moore,[22][23] FRS, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics
  35. Thomas Mullin, Professor of Physics
  36. Andrew Murray, Professor of Atomic Physics
  37. Sir Konstantin Novoselov,[6][24] FRS, Langworthy Professor of Physics
  38. Tim O'Brien,[25] Professor of Astrophysics
  39. Christopher Parkes, Professor of Particle Physics working on the LHCb experiment at CERN
  40. Alan Pedlar, Professor of Astrophysics
  41. Lucio Piccirillo,[26] Professor of Radio astronomy Technology
  42. Apostolos Pilaftsis,[27] Professor of Particle Physics
  43. Michael Seymour, Professor of Particle Physics
  44. Stefan Söldner-Rembold,[28] Professor of Particle Physics
  45. Ralph Spender, Emeritus Professor
  46. Benjamin Stappers,[2] Professor of Astrophysics
  47. Neils Walet, Professor of Theoretical Physics
  48. Stephen Watts, Professor of Particle Physics and Head of School
  49. Peter Wilkinson, Professor of Astrophysics
  50. Terry Wyatt,[28][29] FRS, Professor of Particle Physics, working on the DØ experiment at the Tevatron in Fermilab, Chicago
  51. Henggui Zhang, Professor of Biological Physics
  52. Albert Zijlstra,[30] Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

History of the School[edit]

Sir Bernard Lovell (1913-2012) is part of a long and distinguished history of Physics in Manchester going back to 1874.[31]

The school has origins dating back to 1874 when Balfour Stewart was appointed the first Langworthy Professor of Physics at Owens College, Manchester. Stewart was the first to identify an electrified atmospheric layer (now known as the ionosphere) which could distort the Earth's magnetic field. The theory of the ionosphere was postulated by Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1839, Stewart published the firist experimental confirmation of the theory in 1878.[31] Since then, the school has hosted many award winning scientists[31] including:

In 2004, the two separate departments of Physics at the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) were merged to form the current School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. See physicists associated with the University of Manchester for a complete list of physicists in Manchester and their achievements.

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