Professor Emeritus

Peter Goddard

School of Natural Sciences
Mathematical Physics
Natural Sciences
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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
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics
1/19884/1988 Spring
  • Natural Sciences
9/197412/1974 Fall
University of Cambridge Sc.D., 1996
University of Cambridge Ph.D., 1971
University of Cambridge B.A., 1966
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
St. John’s College, University of Cambridge 1975 Fellow 2004–, Master 1994–2004, Senior Tutor 1983–87, Tutor 1980–87, Fellow 1975–94, Lecturer 1975–91
University of Cambridge 1974–2004 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 1972–1974 Lecturer
Trinity College, University of Cambridge 1969–1973 Research Fellow
CERN, Geneva 1970–1972 Visiting Scientist