Stephen John Blundell
1967 (age 51–52)
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (BA, PhD)|
|Awards||Daiwa Adrian Prize|
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
|Thesis||Spin-dependent transport in artificial structures (1993)|
Stephen John Blundell (born 1967) is a professor of physics at the University of Oxford. He was previously head of Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford, and is also a professorial fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. His research is concerned with using muon-spin rotation and magnetoresistance techniques to study a range of organic and inorganic materials, particularly those showing interesting magnetic, superconducting, or dynamical properties.
Blundell completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, attending Peterhouse, Cambridge for his undergraduate degree in physics and theoretical physics and doing his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge.
Career and research
He was subsequently offered a Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) research fellowship which involved a move to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford; he was later awarded a junior research fellowship at Merton College, Oxford, where he began research in organic magnets and superconductors using muon-spin rotation. In 1997 he was appointed to a university lectureship in the Oxford Physics Department and a tutorial fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford, and was subsequently promoted to Reader.[when?] On 28 July 2004, at the age of 35, he was appointed professor of physics.
Blundell is also involved in teaching for the Honour School of Physics – including running two undergraduate lecture courses on thermal and statistical physics, and tutoring second-, third- and fourth-year undergraduates. He has also authored two textbooks, the first being Magnetism in Condensed Matter[ISBN missing], which covers the quantum mechanical nature of magnetism. Most recently he has co-authored, with his wife and colleague, astrophycist Katherine Blundell of St John's College, Oxford, a textbook entitled Concepts in Thermal Physics. It provides an introduction to the topics of thermal physics and statistical mechanics covered in a typical undergraduate course in physics. Additionally, he has authored the Very Short Introduction to Superconductivity, part of the Very Short Introductions series published by Oxford University Press.
Awards and honours
- Stephen J. Blundell at Library of Congress Authorities
- Stephen Blundell publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
- Blundell, Stephen John (1993). Spin-dependent transport in artificial structures. lib.cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 557401624. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.309331.
- Blundell, Stephen J.; Blundell, Katherine M. (2010). Concepts in thermal physics (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562091.001.0001. ISBN 9780199562107. OCLC 607907330.
- Very Short Introduction to Superconductivity[ISBN missing]
- "Stephen Blundell Publications". users.ox.ac.uk.
- Jamieson, Valerie (October 3, 2001). "Love and the two-body problem". sciencemag.org: 37.