Tony Skyrme

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Tony Hilton Royle Skyrme (/skɜrm/; 5 December 1922, Lewisham – 25 June 1987) was a British physicist. He first proposed modeling the effective interaction between nucleons in nuclei by a zero-range potential,[1] an idea still widely used today in nuclear structure[2] and in equation of state for neutron stars.[3] However, he is best known for formulating the first topological soliton to model a particle, the skyrmion.[4] Some of his most important work can be found in selected papers.[5] Skyrme was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society in 1985.


  1. ^ Skyrme, T. . (1959). "The effective nuclear potential". Nuclear Physics 9 (4): 615–634. Bibcode:1959NucPh...9..615S. doi:10.1016/0029-5582(58)90345-6.  edit
  2. ^ Bender, M. .; Heenen, P. H. (2003). "Self-consistent mean-field models for nuclear structure". Reviews of Modern Physics 75: 121. Bibcode:2003RvMP...75..121B. doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.75.121.  edit
  3. ^ Haensel, P.; Potekhin, A. Y.; Yakovlev, D. G. (2007). Neutron Stars. Springer. ISBN 0-387-33543-9. 
  4. ^ Skyrme, T. . (1962). "A unified field theory of mesons and baryons". Nuclear Physics 31: 556–569. Bibcode:1962NucPh..31..556S. doi:10.1016/0029-5582(62)90775-7.  edit
  5. ^ Brown, G. E. (ed.) (1994) Selected Papers, with Commentary, of Tony Hilton Royle Skyrme. World Scientific Series in 20th Century Physics: Volume 3. ISBN 978-981-4502-43-6