Peter Goddard

Peter Goddard
Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Peter Goddard’s research concerns quantum field theory and string theory. With his collaborators, he has made pioneering contributions to these areas, in particular: the quantization of the relativistic string; the “no ghost theorem” of string theory; electric-magnetic duality in gauge theories; the construction of conformal field theories; and the realization of gauge symmetry in string theory. Before serving as the eighth Director (2004–12) of the Institute for Advanced Study, he was Master of St. John’s College and Professor of Theoretical Physics in the University of Cambridge, England, where he played a leading role in establishing the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

University of Cambridge, Ph.D. 1971, Sc.D. 1996; Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Research Fellow 1969–73, Honorary Fellow 2009–; CERN, Geneva, Visiting Scientist 1970–72; University of Durham, Lecturer 1972–74; University of Cambridge, University Assistant Lecturer 1974–76, University Lecturer 1976–89, Reader 1989–92, Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences 1991–94 (Honorary Fellow 2011–), Professor 1992–2004; St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, Lecturer 1975–91, Fellow 1975–94, Tutor 1980–87, Senior Tutor 1983–87, Master 1994–2004, Fellow 2004–; Institute for Advanced Study, Member, School of Natural Sciences 1974, School of Mathematics 1988, Director 2004–12, Professor 2012–; Institute of Physics, Fellow; London Mathematical Society, Member (President 2002–03); Royal Society of Arts, Fellow; Royal Society of London, Fellow; Trinity College, Dublin, Honorary Fellow; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 1997; Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2002

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