University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Telephone: (831) 459-4151

Professional Employment

1978-84 Lecturer in Mathematics at Imperial College.

1984-85 Reader in Mathematics at Imperial College, London

1985- Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

2001-02 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford.


1967-70 Undergraduate at Oxford University. First class honors degree in Physics.

1970-73 Post-graduate student in Theoretical Physics Department, Oxford University, under the supervision of R.J. Elliott, obtained D. Phil. in September 1973. Thesis Title: Phase Transitions in Spin-phonon Systems

1973-75 Postdoctoral research assistant in Theoretical Physics Department, Oxford, working in collaboration with Metallurgy Department under the direction of R.J. Elliott and J.P. Jakubovics.

1975-77 Scientist at the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble

1977-78 Post-doc at Cornell University

Research Interests

Author of about 200 papers on theoretical condensed matter physics, especially numerical studies on the theory of phase transitions in disordered condensed matter systems such as spin glasses, and the theory of quantum phase transitions. General purpose algorithms for quantum computers. Recent interests include quantum phase transitions in problems motivated by quantum computing, and Monte Carlo simulations of spin glasses.


1985 Maxwell Medal and Prize (jointly with A.J. Bray)

1989 Fellow the American Physical Society.

2004 Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of California Santa Cruz

2005 Outstanding Faculty Award of the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences of the University of California Santa Cruz.

2008 Selected as one of the inaugural group of "Outstanding Referees" by the American Physical Society.

2009 Aneesur Rahman Prize of the American Physical Society for Computational Physics.

2012 Humboldt Research Award (Humboldt Prize) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

2012 Elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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