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The History of Physics at Leeds
Transcript of The History of Physics at Leeds
The History of Physics at Leeds
1874 - 1900
1900 - 1930
1930 - 1950
1970 - 1990
1990 - 2000
2000 - 2014
- T. McLeish becomes the Director of the IRC and serves as this until 2009.
- Lord Cavendish was the President of Yorkshire College.
- A. Rucker is appointed as a Professor in the department at the age of 26, during his time he worked on experimental studies of surface tension.
- The Cavendish Chair was established following the death of Lord Cavendish in his honour.
- A. Rucker becomes the first academic to be appointed as the Cavendish Chair
- W. Stroud follows Rucker as Cavendish Chair until 1890.
- W. Bragg appointed as Cavendish Chair until 1915.
- Bragg Law of X-Ray Diffraction is developed.
- Barr and Stroud formed - an Optical Engineering Firm.
- W. Bragg and son win Nobel Prize 'for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-Rays'.
- Bragg resigned, making way for A.Allen who experienced a rapid increase in student numbers as the War drew to a close in
- R. Whiddington was appointed as the Cavendish Chair. Whiddington was an experimentalist and is thought to have made the first observation of nanotechnology.
- E.C. Stoner is appointed to Leeds and begins work on Magnetism.
- E.C. Stoner becomes a Professor of Theoretical Physics.
- Stoner is appointed to Cavendish Chair.
- J.G. Wilson is appointed and initiates work on cosmic ray research and cloud chambers.
- J Dugdale is appointed to the School as a Professor.
- G.J. Morgan appointed and begins work on Quantum Interference effects in disordered and glassy materials.
- Polymer Physics is established with the appointment of I. Ward.
1976 - 87
- A.A. Watson uses the Leeds Haverah Park array to extend cosmic ray research with collaborations between Watson and Nobel Laureate J. Cronin.
- Department acquires an MBE Machine and work begins on giant magneto resistance and magnetic multilayer.
- Founding of Polymer IRC.
- A. Hillas becomes a Professor and focused on understanding cosmic ray showers with computational models of the development of particle cascades.
- B.J. Hickey is appointed and work begins on Spintronics.
- D. Batcheldor is appointed and establishes the Molecular Physics and Instrumentation group.
- S.D. Evans is appointed to Batcheldor's MPI's group.
- T. McLeish is appointed to the Soft Matter Physics group.
- J.E. Dyson is appointed and establishes an observational/theoretical group in Astrophysics and P. Olmsted to the Polymer group.
- T.W. Hartquist is appointed and turns the focus of the Astrophysics group towards Star Formation.
- V. Vedral appointed Centenary Chair of Quantum Information and established QI Group.
- P. Caselli is appointed to the School and is the first female Professor in the School.
- B. Varcoe is appointed as a new Experimentalist to the Quantum Information group.
- D. Grieg is appointed HoG for Condensed Matter.
- Kathleen Lonsdale is awarded a Royal Society Fellowship, she is the first female to win the award.
F. Hoare is appointed to the department.
- P. Rhodes is appointed and joins the Condensed Matter Group
- D.A.M. Smith is appointed; together with Chemistry & Biology they establish the centre for self-organising molecular systems.
2014 - present
- H. Gleeson joins the School as Head of Soft Matter Physics and takes up post as the new Cavendish Chair.
- C. Jones is appointed as a Professor to the Soft Matter Physics group