Alumni articles for physics

Robert Kennicut's Hintze Lecture video now available

Posted: 01 Jun 2016

The 12th Hintze Lecture delivered by Professor Robert Kennicutt, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Title: Unveiling the Birth of Stars and Galaxies

Abstract: Understanding the birth of stars is one of grand challenges of 21st century astrophysics, with impacts extending from the formation of planets to the birth and shaping of galaxies themselves. The challenge has been all the more difficult because the most active birth sites are largely hidden in visible light.

The Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor David Deutsch FRS is now online

Posted: 23 Mar 2016

The Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Professor David Deutsch FRS (Oxford)

Title: The Unity of the Universe

Thursday 3rd March, 2016. Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Abstract: Dennis Sciama's 1959 book The Unity of the Universe was ostensibly about the Steady State theory, a cosmological/astrophysical theory which was to be comprehensively and irreversibly refuted by observations only a few years later. But it wasn't really about that.

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.

Physics Christmas Carol Service 2014

Posted: 20 Dec 2014

The traditional Physics Christmas Carol Service took place yesterday in St Mary the Virgin Church (High St, Oxford.
About 100 people attended the lovely event, and heard the choir sing; readings by Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Astrophysics) and Professor Robert Taylor (Condensed Matter Physics) and enjoyed an informal reception with wine and mince pies.

As always, it is wonderful to see so many old and new friends on this occasion, and we look forward to the next one.

Here are some photos to illustrate...
[img_assist|nid=7009|title=Jim Williamson has organised this event for more th

'From football to Physics' a way of life for Rhodes Scholar and Wadham College physics alumnus Joe Romig.

Posted: 20 Feb 2014

Wadham College has produced a lovely article about Joe Romig, who studied Physics here in 1963.

We had the pleasure to see Joe back in the Clarendon Lab last year during the Rhodes House 110th Anniversary celebrations, and also during Alumni Weekend; as well as earlier this year...even though he now lives in the USA.

You can read more about his journey here, on Wadham's website.

If you know Joe, or have any anecdotes of your time together and would like to send a message, feel free to [url=mailto:alumni@p

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).

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.

Physics Industry Day

Posted: 14 Nov 2013

Oxford University Physics Department Industry Day

Oxford Physics welcomed Industry to the Department, and a variety of activities took place to engage and network with companies that came from as far as Yorkshire.

You can read more here, and if you would like to learn more about potential collaborations, please contact Martine Harvey.

'Waiting for Higgs', now on video.

Posted: 11 Nov 2013

'Waiting for Higgs'

Prof Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith gave a lecture last Friday, and it is now available to watch on video for those who could not assist.

This lecture was part of the Physics Colloquium, which offers lectures to members of the University (staff and students) as well as alumni, on Fridays during term time, at 4:15 pm.

'The Planetary Weather Report'

Posted: 07 Nov 2013

Dr Leigh Fletcher is a current member of staff in the sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Planetary Physics (AOPP), and he writes a personal blog named 'The Planetary Weather Report'

If you have any questions or comments, you can write to him directly by email.

Rhodes scholars and Physics Alumni visited the Department

Posted: 17 Oct 2013

At Nicholas Kurti's Lab: Rhodes Scholars and Physics Alumni during their visit to commemorate 110th years of Rhodes House last September.

Physics Flash Talks

Posted: 27 Jun 2013

A showcase of research at Oxford Physics through exciting 10 minute presentations delivered by graduate research students.

Why physicists think big - by Steve Morris (University College, 1989)

Posted: 16 Apr 2013

Why physicists think big

About the author: [i]Steve Morris read Physics at University College, Oxford and graduated in 1989 with first class honours. He spent ten years working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell, Oxfordshire, before starting his own internet company.

Physics Colloquium - Staff, Students & Alumni welcome

Posted: 31 Jan 2013

Did you know that through term time, there are great lectures on some Fridays, 4:15pm at the Martin Wood lecture Theatre?