Alumni articles for alumni

Earth Day - ESA, Stephen Hawking & Vangelis

Posted: 22 Apr 2021

In summer 2018, the European Space Agency joined with the musician Vangelis and the family of scientist Prof.

Brebis Bleaney: His name, and his Nobel near-misses

Posted: 16 Mar 2021


An early casualty of the past year’s disruption was the second Brebis Bleaney Memorial Lecture, postponed just before John Gregg was due to give it on 12th March.

One of the on-line comments on Mark Newton’s Inaugural 2019 Brebis Bleaney Memorial Lecture said something like: Now I know what the B in “B and B” stood for’.

Alumni Blog, your space to share...

Posted: 26 Jan 2021

A note from Val, Alumni Relations officer

With the current situation, we are unable to meet in person and share news and anecdotes, so we are opening this section for contributions from alumni.

Please send us any news (a new book? your company is hiring and can benefit other alumni or students?) or anecdotes (photos, short stories, questions, and so on).

I intend to act as a link and use this section as a noticeboard for alumni.
Please us it!

Just send whatever you'd like to share to me, please allow at least a week for me to be able to process in time.

Spotlight on Penrose Scholarships

Posted: 26 Jan 2021

Members of the Oxford Physics community will know that ensuring we can offer DPhil Scholarships to recruit the most promising graduate students is an ongoing challenge.

We have written in past Newsletters (Spring 2020, page 13) about the Oxford Physics Endowment for Graduates (OXPEG) which, matched with Department funding, supports a cohort of current DPhil students.

Things to watch this week...

Posted: 06 Jul 2020

Thank you for the great feedback from last week's post, glad you liked it!

Find more things to read and watch this week:

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[*]Last alumni event post and link to video

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New section: Things to watch this week...

Posted: 01 Jul 2020

Keeping our physics alumni community connected

We have been very busy in our social media pages, but we have realised not everybody uses them, so I will post here, on a weekly basis, a selection of news and videos, lectures any other things that may be interesting to the Physics Alumni Community.
Of course, the main source of Physics News is in our main page...these would be updates from colleagues, or 'other news'.

If you see anything interesting elsewhere that you think the rest of the community may be interested, or have questions/photos to share/anecdotes

First Alumni Event in Edinburgh

Posted: 18 Jul 2019

First Alumni Event in Edinburgh

On July 2nd we hosted our first ever Physics Alumni Event in Scotland.

Next alumni event - register soon!

Posted: 29 Mar 2019

The next alumni event will be in London on April 24th.
If you'd like to register, please email Val with your details and those of your guest/s if any.
Best regards

The Oxford & Cambridge Club photo was taken from the club's website.

Clarendon Laboratory Staff Photograph 1962

Posted: 14 May 2018

Clarendon Lab in 1962 - Are you on this photo? Would you like you share any memories or anecdotes?

Were you here during 1962? Click on the attachment link on the right, to see a full size version of this wonderful photograph, and the lists of names.

You can add your own comments below if you were here during that time, or knew any other people who were here at the time.

Comments will be moderated and posted here.

Please help us to build a collection of stories from our alumni to pass on to future generations.

Updates - Beecroft Building

Posted: 05 Aug 2017

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For more details and updates on our fantastic new building click here.

New video - FULL CIRCLE

Posted: 13 Apr 2017

New Ideas + New Tools = New Science

Have a look at our latest video showing a full circle of collaboration involving education, research, enterprise and student support.

On this occassion, we hear from Prof John Wheater (Head of Physics); Prof Ian Walmsley (Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics & PVC(R)); Dr Peter Leek(EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow)and Dr John Burgoyne ([url=https://w

Alumni event at the Oxford and Cambridge Club

Posted: 17 Mar 2017

Alumni Reception in London

Last week, Dr Sam Vinko gave a wonderful talk to Physics Alumni & Guests at the Oxford & Cambridge Club.
His talk was titled: "From stars to proteins: unveiling material response in intense X-ray fields” and guests' feedback has been fantastic.
This yearly event is always very popular and is really nice to meet new people every time.

Professor John Wheater, Head of Physics, hosted this lovely evening.


AOPP Alumni Event - 'Climate change in the run-up to the Paris conference: what has Physics got to say?'

Posted: 16 Feb 2016

Prof David Marshall, Prof Tim Palmer CBE FRS, Prof Laure Zanna, Prof Myles Allen and Prof Raymond Pierrehumbert, some of the current faculty in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics in Oxford engaged in the research that underpins the whole debate over climate change, hosted a fantastic event at The Royal Society, London, last November.
Before the event, The Royal Society offered a tour of the Organisation to Physics Alumni attending the AOPP event.

Below, a list of the topics covered on the evening:

•Professor Ray Pierrehumbert: The long

Meeting Minds Oxford Alumni Weekend 2015

Posted: 25 Sep 2015

Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend in Oxford

Physics opened its doors to alumni and friends on Friday 18th (with the popular telescope tours) and on Saturday 19th, with lectures, posters, members of staff to talk to about Particle Physics, Space Instruments and Atomic and Laser Physics among other things; followed by a reception.

More than 200 people visited us.
If you have any photos you'd like to share, comments or feedback, please write to Val at the alumni office.

You can have a look at some photos of the events [url=/alumni/alumni-wee

Leavers 2015

Posted: 24 Sep 2015

For the second year, on Friday 22nd May, we held our Leavers 2015 celebrations.

Alumni Reception in London, 2nd of October - Booking open

Posted: 14 Aug 2015

Alumni Reception in London

Booking is now open for this event.
Please follow this link if you are interested to learn more about it and meet us there!

This is an alumni only event, guests are welcome, 2 tickets per alumna/us - spaces are limited, so first come, first served - if spaces are available, further guests may be able to join us.

Please email Val if you have any specific dietary or access requirements, or any other questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

'Henry G.J. Moseley: Physicist and Soldier' Alumni Networking Event last week

Posted: 14 May 2015

Last week we held a lovely and informative event at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, to commemorate and honour the life of Henry G. J.

Alumna Jean Chu visits the Department and meets with Oxford Women in Physics

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

Today we had a wonderful visit from alumna Jean Chu (St Hugh's), who met with the Oxford Women in Physics group in the Common Room (Clarendon Lab) during one of their regular meetings.

Jean shared some experiences of what it was like to be a female student of physics in the late 50's, and her career afterwards.

You may have seen Jean in the latest issue of the Physics newsletter (sent by post together with the 'Oxford Today' issue).

The Henry Moseley Society visit to CERN

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

Members of The Henry Moseley Society visited CERN for a unique chance to take part in underground visits (ATLAS/LHCb), lectures and other areas of CERN in Meyrin, Switzerland last October.

Led by senior members of the Particle Physics Group and students currently working on said experiments, visitors had a chance to see first hand the scale of the work being carried out, on CERN 60th Anniversary.

The day visit included a Welcome talk by Dr Paul Collier (CERN Beams Department Head) at The Globe, visits to ATLAS, LHCb, Synchrocyclotron, the Microcosm exhibition; lunch at Restaurant 2 follo

Physics Alumni Networking event at the Oxford and Cambridge Club

Posted: 10 Feb 2014

Oxford and Cambridge Club Alumni Networking Event

Prof Ramin Golestanian gave a lecture to Physics Alumni during a Physics networking event last Friday (7/2/14) at the beautiful Oxford and Cambridge Club (London).

Do physics graduates make good entrepreneurs? by Steve Morris (University College, 1986)

Posted: 04 Feb 2014

Do physics graduates make good entrepreneurs?

[i]About the author: Steve Morris writes for technology review website S21 and blogs about science in his spare time.

Why Rosetta Matters?

Posted: 22 Jan 2014

Rosetta is all over the news this week. Watch Dr Chris Lintott (Astrophysics) talking to Jeremy Paxman on the last Newsnight episode, about why it matters...

[click on the image below to watch the clip]

Welcome 2014!

Posted: 22 Jan 2014

A very happy New Year to all from the Alumni Office!

Thank you to all alumni who have registered in the Physics website...those of you who have, would have received advance notice for a series of events that we are planning for the coming months.

During February, we will host the following events:

February 7th London - Networking event and drinks reception at the Oxford & Cambridge Club, Pall Mall, London. An informal gathering, drinks and canapés reception and lecture.

Season's Greetings

Posted: 20 Dec 2013

To all Physics Alumni and Friends of the Department, Happy Christmas and a New Year full of wonder and discovery...with our very best wishes.

Would you like to contribute to the next newsletter?

Posted: 24 Oct 2013

Would you like to contribute to the next Physics newsletter?

We have started producing the next newsletter, due out in Spring 2014. Alumni contributions are greatly appreciated, and add an incredible value to this publication.

If you have stories, articles, photos or anything you'd like us to consider for publication, please email or phone Val Crowder, Alumni Relations Officer, for an informal chat.

Deadline for consideration to be part of the next issue is November 15th.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Rhodes House 110th Anniversary Celebrations

Posted: 09 Sep 2013

Rhodes House is celebrating its 110th years with a series of events. On Wednesday 18th September, some Rhodes scholars will visit the Department for a tour and lectures...and later there will be a drinks reception for all Rhodes physicists.

If you would like to find out more about it, please check the link below, otherwise, please contact Val Crowder

'God's philosophers - How the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science' a book by alumnus Dr James Hannam

Posted: 09 Jun 2013

Alumnus news. Today: Dr James Hannam.

After leaving Oxford in 1993 where he’d graduated in physics under Professor Neville Harnew, Dr James Hannam has been an accountant and a historian of science. His book God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science was published in 2009.

Alumni Reunion in Madrid

Posted: 02 May 2013

During the Alumni Reunion in Madrid, held last week (26-28 April) the Department of Physics reconnected with a lot of alumni and friends who met in the Spanish capital.

Besides the core programme (the event was organised by the central University Alumni Office)the Chairman and a few members of the Department hosted a spcial event for Physics Alumni at the Real Observatorio de Madrid a fantastic place near Parque del Retiro, in central Madrid.

Alumni event in London at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

Posted: 02 May 2013

The University Alumni Office is organising a professional networking event at the Oxford & Cambridge Club (London) on Wednesday 22nd May, 'Careers in Science Communication'.
Among the speakers, Dr Chris Lintott (Astrophysics, Department of Physics) will share his experiences.

Please have a look here for full details.

or visit the facebook page here

Note that this event is not organised by the Physics Department.

Alumni European Reunion, 26-28 April, Madrid (Spain)

Posted: 08 Mar 2013

26-28 April 2013, Madrid

This year’s European Reunion draws from Madrid’s rich history to bring you a spectacular weekend of talks, tours and dinners.

You can have a look at the core programme, and register here

The Chairman of the Department of Physics will be hosting a visit and guided tour in English to the Royal Observatory (at Parque del Retiro), followed by short informal lectures and a drinks reception on Saturday 27th, from 16:30 hs onwards, before gathering with the rest of the A

Visit to Trinity College Archives

Posted: 08 Feb 2013

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Trinity College Archives Room, as Clare Hopkins showed me photographs and shared stories of what life would have been at College during the 40's...

I was doing a bit of research for the upcoming Physics Newsletter, as one of our Alumnus who was here during/around WWII has sent us a great article that we'll include in the next issue...

Where you at Trinity?

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Royal Institution membership, special discounts for Alumni

Posted: 31 Jan 2013

We met Kerry-Ann from the RI last week, and she kindly offered this to all alumni, which is a fantastic oportunity to have access to incredible speakers and events...
Here are some of the basic details, if you want to know more or become a member, there is a number below.

Membership offer for all alumni

• 20% off Ri membership
• 20% off 14-10 Club membership
• 20% off combined Ri and 14-10 Club membership
• Alumni can register online and use code OUA1 or call +44 (0) 20 7409 2992

You can see the events planned for the next coming months, on the attached file (look to the right in