BiographyDr. Aitchison was educated at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he obtained a B.A. degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics. He spent two years as a graduate student at the University of Birmingham (UK), under Prof. Sir Rudolf Peierls. He held research positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), CEA Saclay (France) and Cambridge (UK), before being appointed to the physics faculty at Oxford. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Rochester and the University of Washington, and a Scientific Associate at CERN, Geneva. He has published over 90 scientific papers, mainly in the fields of hadronic physics and quantum field theory. At Oxford, as well as teaching for the physics course, he was closely involved for many years with the physics and philosophy course. In addition to co-authoring `Gauge Theories in Particle Physics', Dr. Aitchison is the author of `Relativistic Quantum Mechanics' (Macmillan), `An Informal Introduction to Gauge Field Theories' (CUP), and `Supersymmetry in Particle Physics' (CUP), and joint editor of two other books. He enjoys travelling (the picture was taken in the Galapagos Islands), and gardening.
Theoretical physics; quantum field theory; clarity of exposition.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Hadronic physics; quantum field theory; gauge theories; quantum field theory at finite temperature; topological solitons; the vacuum in quantum field theory; Heisenberg's matrix mechanics.
Travelling, gardening, reading.