UoC crest

News Archive


15th March

Lars Schonenberg

TCM congratulates Lars Schonenberg on passing his PhD viva.


10th December

Prof David Thouless

Image ©Nobel Media AB / Pi Frisk

TCM alumni Prof David Thouless (pictured) and Prof Duncan Haldane receive the Physics Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

7th December


TCM celebrates its annual Christmas party, complete with traditional pantomime written, starred, and directed by the new 1st-year PhD students. Many thanks to all the new students, especially Mark Johnson for writing the pantomime and Ezequiel Rodriguez Chiacchio for leading the organisation. Merry Christmas to all!

4th November

Michael Rutter

We are delighted that Dr Rutter has been re-elected to President of the UCU Cambridge branch.

26th October

Aurelio Romero-Bermudez

TCM congratulates Aurelio Romero-Bermudez on passing his PhD viva.

6th October

Sarah Morgan

TCM congratulates Sarah Morgan on passing her PhD viva.

4th October

TCM is proud and delighted to announce that two of its alumni shared in the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. Prof. David J. Thouless moved from the Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Department in Cambridge to take up a lectureship in the Solid State Theory group (the early incarnation of TCM) from 1964-65 before moving to the University of Birmingham, where he remained on the faculty for many years. In 1980, David returned to TCM as a Royal Society Research Professor, moving soon after to the University of Washington, Seattle. Fortunately, he remained a frequent Summer visitor to the group. Prof. F. Duncan M. Haldane was a graduate student in TCM working under the supervision of another Nobel Laureate from the group, Prof. Philip Anderson, and receiving his PhD in 1978 before transferring to a post-doctoral position at the Institut Laue-Langevin. . Together with Cavendish graduate Prof. J. Michael Kosterlitz, they received the Nobel Prize "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter". Further information can be found at the Nobel website.

1st October

Emillio Artacho

TCM starts the academic year by welcoming eleven new PhD students to its ranks. We are also delighted that Prof Emilio Artacho is now full-time with TCM.

The previous academic year saw our members gain lectureships elsewhere, as well as many other achievements. At this time we particularly congratulate Prof Gábor Csányi, a postdoc in TCM from 2001 to 2007, on becoming a Professor in Cambridge's Engineering Department.

29th August

Thomas Bilitewski

We congratulate Thomas Bilitewski on passing his PhD viva. Thomas has a position in a Max Plank Institute.

19th August

Sam Smith

We congratulate Sam Smith on passing his PhD viva. Sam leaves TCM for a job in London.

18th August

Connie Hsueh

We congratulate Connie Hsueh on passing her MPhil viva. Connie is now a PhD student at Stanford University.

17th August

Tom Price

We congratulate Tom Price on passing his PhD viva. Tom recently started a postdoc position at Utrecht University.

13th July

Edgar Engel

We congratulate Edgar Engel on passing his PhD viva. Edgar will remain in TCM as a Trinity College Junior Research Fellow.


Philip Greulich

We congratulate Philip Greulich on his appointment to a Lectureship in Applied Mathematics at the University of Southampton.

15th April

David MacKay

Prof Sir David MacKay

With sadness we pass on the news that Prof. Sir David MacKay, FRS, Regius Professor of Engineering, visitor to TCM from 2013, has passed away after a battle with cancer. His enthusiasm, broad interest in science, and genius for communication made him a pleasure to know.

Many obituaries have been published, including in The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Bill Gates' blog.

18th March

Gunnar Moller

We congratulate Gunnar Möller on his appointment to a Lectureship in theoretical condensed matter physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

26th February

Jonathan Lloyd-Williams

We congratulate Jonathan Lloyd-Williams on passing his PhD viva. He will remain in TCM as a postdoc.

18th January

Danny Cole

We congratulate Dr Danny Cole on being appointed to a lectureship in computational medicinal chemistry at Newcastle University. He will be much missed when he leaves in July.

12th January

Edgar Engel

We congratulate Edgar Engel on being offered a four year Junior Research Fellowship by Trinity College.


31st December

David Mackay

TCM congratulates Prof Sir David Mackay on receiving a knighthood in the Queen's New Year honours list for services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach.

23rd December

TCM celebrates Christmas two days early because all members now have complete web profiles. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

7th December

We congratulate Antoniya Aleksandrova on passing her PhD viva.

1st December

We congratulate Teresa Krieger on passing her PhD viva.

25th November

TCM is delighted that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has commited £75 million to rebuild the Cavendish Laboratory.

9th November

We congratulate Jian-Hao Li on passing his PhD viva.

2nd November

We are delighted that Dr Rutter has been re-elected unopposed to President of the UCU Cambridge branch.

18th October

Graham Spink

TCM member Graham Spink awarded a Lectureship in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Chester.

12th October

Prof Simons delivered the Larmor Lecture to the Cambridge Philosophical Society. His title was "The statistical physics of stem cell biology: Dicing with fate".

1st October

We congratulate Dr Hannezo on taking a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, and Dr Hofmann on taking a Research Fellowship at Caius College.

As the new academic year starts, TCM welcomes fifteen new PhD students and visiting students, and five new post docs, visitors and Fellows.

18th September

Prof. Mark Warner's" The Isaac Physics Project" shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research award.

15th to 18th September

TCM hosted a Onetep Masterclass from 15th to 18th September attended by thirty researchers from the UK & Europe.

20th July

Prof Simons

Congratulations to Prof Simons on being awarded the Royal Society's Gabor Medal 2015 for his "work analysing stem cell lineages in development, tissue homeostasis and cancer, revolutionising understanding of stem cell behaviour in vivo".

13th July

TCM 60th group photo

The TCM 60th photo is now available to view and order online.

10th July

Volker cuts the TCM 60th cake

To mark 60 years of SST/TCM, we held a half-day symposium and a celebratory dinner.

10th July

TCM's new website goes live at 11:36. First bug report at 11:37.

9th July

Prof Chris Pickard

Congratulations to Professor Chris Pickard who has won the 2015 Rayleigh Medal.

10th June

TCM's Claudio Castelnovo has been promoted to a Readership.

10th June

Watch TCM's John Biggins explain the chain fountain on BBC1's the One Show!

7th May

It is with great sadness that we report the death of former colleague, Professor Sir Sam Edwards. Professor Sir Sam Edwards was the Cavendish Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Science Research Council.

18th March

Congratulations to TCM alumnus Prof Mike Cates on being elected to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics. Prior to moving to a chair in Edinburgh, Mike was a lecturer in TCM. Former holders of this chair include Profs Stephen Hawking, Paul Dirac, and Isaac Newton.

18th March

Dr Chris Pickard

Congratulations to Prof Chris Pickard on being elected to the Sir Alan Cottrell Chair of Materials Science at Cambridge.

5th January

Dr Dmitry Kovrizhin is awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.


26th December

The chain fountain is demonstrated by Jimmy Carr on the Christmas Edition of QI.

26th November

Dr Michael Rutter has started his term as President of the UCU Cambridge branch.

1st October

Bartomeu Monserrat

Mr Bartomeu Monserrat receives a Henslow Research Fellowship.

30th September

The Rutherford Physics Partnership, lead by Prof. Mark Warner, launches an open online course for school physics students

19th September

Dr Gareth Conduit has secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

18th August

Congratulations to Prof Mike Payne on winning the IoP's 2014 Swan medal and Prof Ben Simons on winning the IoP's Franklin medal.

3rd-10th August

Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program IX, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.

26th July-2nd August

Quantum Monte Carlo in the Apuan Alps IX, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.

7th-11th July

International Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism 2014, Queens' College, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Dr Castelnovo et al.

26th June

Dr John Biggins has been appointed to a 3-year University Lectureship.

1st January

Dr David Huggins

Dr David Huggins is awarded a Medical Research Council Advanced Fellowship.


Dr Gunnar Möller


12th January

Dr Gareth Conduit has won the Institute of Physics 3 Minute Wonder competition.