Presentation on theme: "Tait Institute of Math Phys"— Presentation transcript:
1 Tait Institute of Math Phys Peter Guthrie Tait1831 – 1901Chair of Natural Philosophy at EdinburghHamilton's QuaternionsTheory of Knots with Maxwell & ThomsonTrajectory of Golf Balls
2 Max Born (1882-1970) Nobel Prize 1954: quantum theory Statistical interpretation ofquantum theoryTait Professor atEdinburgh UniversityUnfortunate Scandal:Implicated in the Klaus Füchsspying case; Füchs was an associate of Born in EdinburghBorn was totally exonerated according to his secretary Ray Chester who still lives in Pennicuik outside Edinb.
3 Nicholas Kemmer ( )Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics at EdinburghETH (Zurich): An associate of Wolfgang PauliKemmer Equations: Pions (Yukawa)Helped me enormously in my effort to come to UK to do scientific research.
4 Wolfgang Pauli (1898-1988) Nobel Prize 1945 Exclusion PrincipleKemmer made interesting comments137 bus in London had a special significanceErdeli – Maths Professor in Edinburgh had a tremendous capacity for mental computing (like Indian Mathematician Ramanujan an associate of Hardy)
5 Peter Higgs Gauge Theory of Broken Symmetries Higgs Boson(s) 60s: Reader at Tait Institute of Math. PhysicsGave our Quantum Field Theory LecturesNow: Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh
6 Academics at Tait Institute in 60s Lecturers:David Candlin (Computer liason with RHEL)Lance VickTrevor Priest (now Senior Lecturer Exeter Univ)Peter Osborne (now retired)Ken Bowler (now Professor)Research Fellows:Mladen Martinis (now Professor at Zagrev)Razmi (Pakistan)......
7 Research Students Diploma in theTheory of Elementary Particle: Ananda Amatya (Nepal) (Ph. D)Klaus Büchner (Germany, now Prof. at Munich)Geoffrey Henderson (Northern Ireland) (Ph. D)Irshadullah Khan (Pakistan) (Ph. D)Melvin Roberts (Wales)Norman White (Scotland) (Ph. D)Continuing Students:Alan Richie
8 Research Students Hans Grimmer (now Professor at Zurich) Alasdair Broadfoot (now at Napier Univ)Dikran Tcharakian (Armenian)David Wallace (Tait Professor; now Vice- Chancellor at Leicester University)Alexander Newlands (research under Prof. Euan Squires of Durham University)Komy ? (Egypt)......
9 Research Interests Symmetry Groups for Particles Quantum Field Theory Lie Algebra, Unitary groupsQuantum Field TheorySpontaneous break down of symmetriesS-Matrix TheoryComplex angular momentum, Regge PolesPhase Analysis of Hadron InteractionsDispersion Relations & Current Algebras
10 Sophus Lie (1842-1899) Lie Groups Continuous groups of transformations (symmetry groups)Howard Georgi, "Lie Algebras in Particle Physics", Second Edition, 1999Sophus Class Library for Solving PDEs (Partial Differential Equations)
11 Paul Dirac (1902-1984) Nobel Prize 1933 Saw him in 1967 at Cambridge Anti-particlesSaw him in 1967 at CambridgeDirac EquationPositron
12 Stephen HawkinsWas Introduced to Stephen By Bruno Renner at Cambridge in 1967I owe much to Bruno for helping me in my research in Particle Physics. Sadly Bruno died in a climbing accident in 1973
13 Hans Bethe (1906-) Nobel Prize 1967 Nuclear energy in starsAttended his lecture in 1969 at ICTP, Trieste
14 Murray Gell-Mann (1929-) Nobel Prize 1969 Classification of Particles and their interactionsAttended his seminar in at ICTP, TriesteSU(3) matricesQuarks
15 Sheldon Glashow (1932-) Nobel Prize 1979 Unified theory of Weak and Electromagnetic interactions of elementary particlesAttended Lectures by him (and Sidney Coleman) at Erice 1966 Summer SchoolSU(2)xU(1)QCD
16 Abdus Salam (1926-1996) Nobel Prize 1979 Unified theory of Weak and Electromagnetic interactions of elementary particlesMet in ICTP Trieste in & 1969Helped me to return to Europe. (I held a three month long visiting research fellowship at ICTP in 1969)
17 Stephen Weinberg (1933-) Nobel Prize 1979 Unified theory of Weak and Electromagnetic interactions of elementary particlesAttended a seminar by him at ICTP, Trieste, 1967Peter Higgs rated his research papers very highly