University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy

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University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building
Nobel Laureates Charles Glover Barkla (1917), Max Born (1954), Peter Higgs (2013)
Location James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland
Affiliations EPCC, Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, Institute for Astronomy, Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS), Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IPNP), Institute of Physics, Tait Institute

The University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the United Kingdom's leading physics departments. The school was formed in 1993 by a merger of the Department of Physics - called the Department of Natural Philosophy until the late 1960s - and the Department of Astronomy, both at the University of Edinburgh. The school is part of the University's College of Science and Engineering.[1][2]

Institutions and research groups based within the school include:

Notable physicists associated with the University have included Joseph Black, Max Born, Peter Higgs, James Clerk Maxwell and Peter Guthrie Tait. Five winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics are associated with the University (Edward Victor Appleton, Charles Glover Barkla, Max Born, Igor Tamm and Peter Higgs).

The school is housed in the James Clerk Maxwell Building on the University's King's Buildings campus.

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  1. ^ "About the School of Physics and Astronomy". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Physics Quality Profiles, Research Assessment Exercise 2008". Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "University to support new physics research". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 55°55′18″N 3°10′25″W / 55.92174°N 3.17368°W / 55.92174; -3.17368