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22 April 2020

It is with sadness that the Department of Physics announces the death of Dr William S.C. Williams on 15 April aged 90.

Bill graduated from University College London in 1950 and with a PhD in 1953. A Fulbright Scholarship took him to Stanford for a year and on returning he spent a year at General Electric. In 1955 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

5 March 2020

Professor Stephen Blundell from the Department of Physics at Oxford University has been awarded the prestigious Yamazaki Prize by the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy. The prize recognises his outstanding, sustained work in the field; Professor Blundell has been using muons to study the behaviour of advanced materials for more than 25 years.

3 March 2020

Theoretical physicists from Oxford’s Department of Physics have made a step forward in harnessing the power of bacteria.

25 February 2020

Peter Norreys, Professor of Inertial Fusion Science in Oxford University’s Department of Physics, is bringing together the world’s leading scientists and policy advocates to begin preparations for the next generation facilities that could unleash the potential of inertial fusion energy – and help to halt climate change.

31 January 2020

Ever wondered how you can measure the speed of light with marshmallows or wanted to find out more about the largest telescope on Earth? The Department of Physics opened its doors for its annual Stargazing event on Saturday 25 January and welcomed some 1,209 keen and curious visitors of all ages.

22 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Adam Nahum who was awarded the Physik-Preis Dresden of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) and Technische Universität Dresden on 14 January 2020.

6 January 2020

Physics Newsletter Autumn 2019

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

17 December 2019

Professor Heino Falcke of Radboud University, Nijmegen delivered the 19th Hintze Lecture at Oxford University's Department of Physics on 14 November. During this public lecture, he reviewed the latest results of the Event Horizon Telescope, its scientific implications and future expansions of the array.

10 December 2019

Oxford University’s Kai Kornhuber and colleagues have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food production.

25 November 2019

Noah Waterfield Price, a joint DPhil student between the University of Oxford and the Diamond Light source, was awarded the PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography on November 4th, 2019 at Milton Hill House near Abingdon. The Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography is awarded every year for the best use of techniques or methods of Physical Crystallography in a successfully examined thesis submitted in the previous 2 years.