Peter Goddard

Professor Emeritus
School of Natural Sciences

Mathematical Physics

Affiliation

Natural Sciences

Home Institution

Institute for Advanced Study

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.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
School of Natural Sciences
Faculty
School of Natural Sciences
Director
Member
School of Mathematics
Spring
Member
School of Natural Sciences
Fall

Degrees

University of Cambridge
Sc.D.
1996
University of Cambridge
Ph.D.
1971
University of Cambridge
B.A.
1966

Honors

Awards: Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2002; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 1997
Honorary Fellowships: Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences; Trinity College, Cambridge; Trinity College, Dublin

Appointments

St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
Fellow 2004–, Master 1994–2004, Senior Tutor 1983–87, Tutor 1980–87, Fellow 1975–94, Lecturer 1975–91
University of Cambridge
Professor 1992–2004, Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences 1991–94, Reader 1989–92, University Lecturer 1976–89, University Assistant Lecturer 1974–76
University of Durham
Lecturer
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Research Fellow
CERN, Geneva
Visiting Scientist