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Higgs Centre Decennial

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The University of Edinburgh has a rich history of theoretical physics. In the nineteenth century, James Clerk Maxwell was a student here, and so was his friend Peter Guthrie Tait, the inventor of knot theory, who later on became professor of natural philosophy here. In 1922 the Tait Chair was established and Charles Galton Darwin, grandson of the great naturalist, was appointed as the first incumbent in 1923. He was succeeded by Max Born, one of the founders of quantum mechanics (Nobel Prize, 1954), who was Tait Professor from 1936 until 1953, followed by Nick Kemmer, inventor of isospin.

The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in 2012, almost half a century after Peter Higgs' prediction in 1964, was a milestone in the history of theoretical physics, for which Peter Higgs was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013. Rarely in the history of physics has a theoretical prediction been confirmed so spectacularly, so long after it was originally made.

The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics was established by the University of Edinburgh in August of 2012 to celebrate this achievement and to create new opportunities for researchers and students from around the world to come together to formulate new theoretical concepts, taking us beyond the limitations of current paradigms.

Starting during the summer of 2022, the Higgs Centre will celebrate its founding with in-person, online and offline activities, events and projects.

Contacts

Ines FOIDL

Higgs Centre Administrator

Person
Ines FOIDL
Email address
hctp@ed.ac.uk

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Career Talk with Jack Medley

Jack was a PhD student and worked at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics with Jenni Smillie, focussing on Z/gamma* emissions in the presence of multiple high energy QCD jets. In 2016, he finished his PhD and went to work at Gambit Research working on building models to trade ...
Online

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Career Talk with Gavin Cullen

Gavin studied an MPhys Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh and continued to complete a PhD in Particle Theory under the supervision of Thomas Binoth and Gudrun Heinrich looking at (what was at the time) state of the art one-loop calculations. After a postdoc at DESY, Zeuthen, Gavin took up a position ...
Online

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Career Talk with Lettie Roach

Lettie Roach graduated from the Mathematical Physics MPhys programme at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and went on to do a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington and a postdoc at the University of Washington in climate physics. She is currently an Associate Research Scientist at NASA GISS in ...
Online

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Career Talk with Ava Khamseh

Ava Khamseh graduated with a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics, under the supervision of Luigi Del Debbio at the Higgs Centre, in 2017 (after also having been an undergraduate degree in Physics at Edinburgh). After a year of postdoc in Prof Chris Ponting’s lab, she became a Cross-Disciplinary Fellow ...
Online

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Career Talk with Chiara Decaroli

Chiara Decaroli is originally from a small village in Italy. She fell in love with quantum mechanics during her high school years after reading a book on quantum entanglement which she did not understand. Wanting to dig deeper, she came to the University of Edinburgh for her Bachelors in Physics ...

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Career Talk with Brian Coyle

Brian moved to Edinburgh from Ireland in 2016 for the MSc programme offered by the Higgs centre in Theoretical Physics. Afterwards, he remained in Edinburgh (but moved to the Informatics forum) for a joint MRes/PhD programme in the CDT for Pervasive Parallelism, supervised by Prof. Elham Kashefi. Here, he ...

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Career Talk with Niclas Westerberg

Nic’s connection to the Higgs Centre is through an MSc in Theoretical Physics that he completed in 2015, after which he continued to do a PhD with the Scottish Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics. Under the supervision of Patrik Öhberg, and based at Heriot-Watt University, he ...
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