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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 Rarely in the history of physics has a theoretical prediction been confirmed so spectacularly, so long after it was originally made.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

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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 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 a year of postdoc in Prof Chris Ponting’s lab, she became a Cross-Disciplinary Fellow (XDF) at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC) at the ...
Online

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Higgs Centre Alumni Meeting

As part of the Higgs Centre’s Decennial celebrations, we are planning to hold an alumni meeting on 25 June 2022. Considering the current situation is still so uncertain, we will also provide an online/hybrid experience. Registration for this event will begin early 2022, however, to gauge interest, we ...
Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh