Stephen Blundell

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Stephen Blundell
Stephen John Blundell

1967 (age 51–52)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Spouse(s)Katherine Blundell
AwardsDaiwa Adrian Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
ThesisSpin-dependent transport in artificial structures (1993)

Stephen John Blundell (born 1967)[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

Career and research[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[4] 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,[5] part of the Very Short Introductions series published by Oxford University Press.

He has authored or co-authored over 300 articles[2] ranging right across the world of solid-state physics.[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was a joint winner of the Daiwa Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Blundell lives in Oxford with his wife, Professor Katherine Blundell. In 2001, he was quoted in Science as saying, "Ultimately your marriage is more important than your career."[7]


  1. ^ a b Stephen J. Blundell at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b Stephen Blundell publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Blundell, Stephen John (1993). Spin-dependent transport in artificial structures. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 557401624. EThOS
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ Very Short Introduction to Superconductivity[ISBN missing]
  6. ^ "Stephen Blundell Publications".
  7. ^ Jamieson, Valerie (October 3, 2001). "Love and the two-body problem". 37.