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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.

Cherwell-Simon Lecture on “Emergent Law” by Prof Robert Laughlin, Stanford University, Nobel Prize in Physics 1998.

Posted: 11 Apr 2013

This year’s Cherwell-Simon Lecture on “Emergent Law” will be held on Friday 3rd May 2013 (16.30 pm, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre).
The speaker will be Prof Robert Laughlin, Stanford University, Nobel Prize in Physics 1998.

If you should be interested to meet with the Professor (he will have some availability on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2013 and possibly very limited availability on the 1st ), please do let me Corinna know.
It would be very helpful if you please could state your availability and what you would like to discuss with him.

Phone: +44 (0)1865 272225
Email: corinna.dahnke@phys

Halley Lecture - 'Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life between the stars' Prof Dr E.F. van Dishoeck

Posted: 11 Apr 2013

Please note that we request that you are seated by 4.50pm. If the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre is full there will be seating in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre that will be video linked to the talk.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

2013 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race Dinner in NYC

Posted: 09 Apr 2013

Join Oxford & Cambridge alumni and friends (this Thursday 11 April) at the 80th Annual Dinner celebrating the 159th Boat Race, at the Harvard Club (New York, USA).

*Dress Code: Black tie or Boat Club Blazer*

Full details and how to register here.

Follow the Oxford North America Office on facebook here.

Holywell Manor Festival - This event welcomes Students & Alumni (it is not organised by the Department)

Posted: 08 Apr 2013

On Saturday 27 April 2013, the Holywell Manor Festival will bring together leaders from academia, politics, the arts and more for an exciting day of discussion, performance and commemoration - all nestled within the beautiful surrounds of Holywell Manor, the graduate residence of Balliol College. We invite all Oxford students and alumni to come enjoy a stimulating day of distinguished speakers, live music, and informal discussion.

Please find a full list of speakers and event details at our website:

Mrs Giana Kurti will be 100 years old - a message from Professor Harry Jones

Posted: 08 Apr 2013

(a copy of a message circulated around the Department for alumni who may read this blog and are interested in signing the card or sending regards)

'Dear all,

On 15th April next, Mrs Giana Kurti, the widow of the late Prof Nicholas Kurti CBE FRS, will be one hundred years old. For those of us with long careers in Physics in Oxford, many owe a lot to Nicholas Kurti. His flamboyant but distinguished leadership and his highly esteemed position in Physics, especially low temperature physics, benefited many of us until his death at the age of 90 in 1998.