Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Brian Foster

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is an experimental particle physicist whose work has centered on electron-proton collisions at the HERA accelerator in DESY Hamburg and in the design of new accelerators, such as the International Linear Collider and plasma-based accelerators. He was educated at Wolsingham Secondary School, obtained a B.Sc. with First Class Honours at Queen Elizabeth College London, where he was also awarded the Dillon and Andrewes Prizes and a D. Phil degree from Oxford in 1978. Foster became a lecturer at Bristol in 1984 and Professor in 1996. He led the particle physics group there until 2003, subsequently becoming Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University and Fellow of Balliol College. He was head of the Dept. of Particle Physics in Oxford from 2004 - 2011. In 2010 Foster was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Hamburg and DESY. He is also Emeritus Professor of Physics at Bristol University.

Foster was Chairman of the European Committee for Future Accelerators from 2002 – 2005. He was a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2001 - 2006. He was European Director for the International Linear Collider from 2006-2017. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize of the German Physical Society and the Institute of Physics in 2003. Foster is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and was on its Council from 2008 - 2013. He was appointed Office of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008. Foster chaired the Physics Panel of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and was a member of its Main Panel B. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal Society since 2015. Foster is committed to public outreach and gives many public lectures every year.


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Angela Bracco

is Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Milan. Her research interests have always been in the field of nuclear physics, with particular attention to the investigation of nuclear structure. He has carried out experiments in international collaborations at the main laboratories in Europe, North America and Japan. She is  associated to INFN and user of the INFN laboratories for which has contributed to the construction of apparatuses for gamma spectroscopy for in beam experiments in international collaborations.For the INFN, she served for two terms as Chair of the National Scientific Commission for Nuclear Physics and was a member of the INFN board of directors as a representative of the Ministry of Research and Education in 2011-2015. She has served and is serving in various national and international committees for research funding agencies and laboratories in Europe, North America and Japan.During the period 2012-2017 she was Chair of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC), a committee of experts of the European Science Foundation (ESF), and she was engaged in writing the strategic plan at European level.She has worked and is working as an evaluator in various scientific committees for the European Commission. She was member of the Executive Committee of the European Physical Society (EPS) in 2014-2018. She is a member of the Academia Europaea. She is President of the Italian Physical Society since 2020.

Cornelius Hempel

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leads the ion trap quantum computation team at the ETH Zürich-PSI Quantum Computing Hub located at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland. He earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2014 and previously Masters and Diplom degrees at the University of Michigan (USA) and Martin Luther University Halle (Germany). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck, before moving to the University of Sydney (Australia) as a Research Fellow in 2016. In 2018, he became laboratory lead for ytterbium-based quantum control experiments and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow (Lvl. C) in 2020.

Dr. Hempel has worked on the characterization and benchmarking of intermediate-scale quantum computing devices, error mitigation through quantum control and extensively on experimental quantum simulation. Most recently at PSI, he is focusing his efforts on the scientific and engineering challenges associated with large scale quantum computing based on logical qubits.

Roberto Lalli

is Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the Politecnico di Torino. His research focuses on the social, political, and epistemic aspects of knowledge production in the physical sciences, including its circulation and certification, from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present. After receiving a M.Sc. degree in physics and a PhD in International History at the University of Milan, he was Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Modern Physical Sciences at the MIT’s Program in Science, Technology and Society and, subsequently, a long-term Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In addition, he has held shorter term positions in the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society, the Technische Univesität Berlin, the University of Turin, and the Berlin Center for Machine Learning. He has received fellowships and research grants from various institutions, including the Center for History of Physics, CalTech, University of Milan and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He has organized numerous scholarly meetings and received about forty invitations to present his research in international conferences and seminars including that as plenary speaker at the III International Conference on History of Physics in 2018. Roberto Lalli is an active member in various national and international committees and societies. Among his activities, he is currently PR-Officer of the European Society for the History of Science, is a member of the History of Physics Group of the European Physical Society and of the DHST Commission for Science, Technology, and Diplomacy, as well as of the Executive Board of the Italian Society for the History of Physics and Astronomy (SISFA). He has published extensively on various topics in the history of modern physics. His papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Annals of Science, Centaurus, HSNS, Isis, Notes and Records, Scientometrics, Annalen der Physik, Nature Astronomy, and Nature Reviews Physics. His first monograph (Springer 2017) offers a new perspective on the issue of science diplomacy through the history of the international community of scientists working on general relativity during the Cold War. He has also co-edited the volume The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context in the Einstein Studies series and two special issues: “The Renaissance of Einstein’s Theory of Gravitation” of the European Physical Journal H,” and the Centaurus special issue titled Global Perspectives on Science Diplomacy.

Sunil Mukhi

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obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Stony Brook University in 1981. His research specialisation is elementary particle physics with a focus on quantum field theory, gravitation and string theory. After working at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for 27 years, he moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune in 2012 to engage in pedagogy at a larger scale. He has taken sabbaticals at CERN (Geneva) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and has been a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and The World Academy of Sciences, and received the Government of India’s Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Physical Sciences in 1999. He has been an Editor of the Journal of High Energy Physics since its inception in 1997. Currently he is Chair of the Panel on Scientific Values of the Indian Academy of Sciences as well as the Academic Ethics Committee of IISER Pune.

David Wallace

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is a philosopher of physics at the Philosophy School of the Dornsife College of Letters, University of Southern California. Prior to his move to USC in 2016, Professor Wallace spent twenty-two years at the University of Oxford as a student, researcher and faculty. He obtained his first PhD in theoretical physics at Oxford before his interests took him towards more conceptual and foundational questions in physics, and from there into philosophy. He received his second PhD in philosophy also at Oxford. Wallace is particularly active in trying to develop and defend the Everett interpretation of quantum theory (often called the "Many-Worlds Interpretation"), and has published two books with OUP on the Everett interpretation, Many Worlds? (2010) and The Emergent Multiverse (2012). He also has philosophical and conceptual interests in quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, general relativity, symmetry and gauge theory, and anything relevant to the contemporary philosophy of physics.


Frank Zimmermann

Frank Zimmermann is a senior scientist with the Beams Department of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and deputy leader of the Future Circular Collider Feasibility Study. Prior to CERN, he worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in the US, 1993-98, and at DESY in Germany, 1990-93. In 1997, Frank Zimmermann was awarded a SLAC “Panofsky fellowship”. In 2002, he received the biannual European Physical Society’s EPS-IGA prize for outstanding work in accelerator physics, and, in 2019, the USPAS Prize for achievement in accelerator physics and technology. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and a senior member of the IEEE. He is author or coauthor of more than 500 articles in journals or conference proceedings. He co-wrote a textbook on beam control and manipulation, published by Springer in 2003. He also was one of four editors for the latest “Handbook of Accelerator Physics and Engineering,” published by World Scientific in 2013. Since 2007, he is serving as the Lead Editor of the APS journal Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (PRAB). This year, 2022, he also is the Chair of the APS Division of Physics of Beams (APS-DPB).


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Advisory Board


Robert H. Austin

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received his B.A. in Physics from Hope College in Holland, MI and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1976. He was a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry from 1976-1979 and has been at Princeton University in the Department from Physics from 1979 to the present, achieving the rank of Professor of Physics in 1989. As a biophysicist, Professor Austin’s research primarily focuses on the biological limits of evolving organisms under stress. He has researched the use of microarrays and nanotechnology to further the physical understanding of biological processes, such as the dynamics of cells when subjected to stress. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA. He has served as a President of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society, and is the present Chair of the U.S. Liaison Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. Professor Austin has served as the biological physics editor for Physical Review Letters, serves on numerous review panels for NIH, NSF, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and NIST, and is the Editor of the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics. He won the 2005 Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society.


Barry C. Barish

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earned his B.A. in physics (1957) and Ph.D. in experimental particle physics (1962) at the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Caltech as a postdoc in 1963, where he has pursued his academic and research careers and is currently the Maxine and Ronald Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus. In 2017 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne, for the discovery of gravitational waves. Barish’s primary research interest has been the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), since he became Principal Investigator in 1994 and Director in 1997. He led the effort through the final design stages, approval for funding by the NSF National Science Board in 1994, and then the construction and commissioning of the LIGO interferometers in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA. In 1997, he created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), which now enables more than 1000 collaborators world-wide to participate in LIGO. Barry Barish is also the former Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider (ILC). Dr. Barish has served on many important science committees, including co-chairing the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel subpanel that developed a long-range plan for U.S. high energy physics in 2001. He has also has chaired the Commission of Particles and Fields and the U.S. Liaison committee to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and has been very active in international collaboration for physics. In 1991, Barish was named the Maxine and Ronald Linde Professor of Physics at Caltech. In 2002, he received the Klopsteg Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences the same year. Dr. Barish was given a Presidential appointment and served on the National Science Board; the 24-member board that oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and the Congress on policy issues related to science, engineering, and education. Barish is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Physical Society (APS). He was elected and served as President of the APS, the member society of 50,000 members, in 2011. Barish has been honored by the University of Bologna (2006), the University of Florida (2007) and the University of Glasgow (2013) with honorary doctorates.


David Campbell

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is a theoretical physicist known for his work on nonlinear phenomena, condensed matter physics, and complex systems. He is Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University, where he also served as Dean of the College of Engineering and University Provost for a number of years. Since returning to full-time teaching and research after his successful stint in university administration, Professor Campbell’s research has focused on two-dimensional electronic membranes and, by extension, other two-dimensional materials such as phosphorene (two-dimensional black phosphorus). He received his PhD from Cambridge, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has edited ten books and published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.


Fred Dylla

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maintained an active career in both scientific research and research management at three different institutions. At Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory (1975-1990), he worked in materials science and plasma physics rising to be the manager of research physics operations at the nation’s largest magnetic fusion project that was kindled by his Ph.D. research at MIT.

In 1990, he accepted a joint position at the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab and as an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Applied Science at the College of William of Mary. He managed two large research and development programs which delivered the Jefferson Lab’s large electron accelerator for nuclear physics and nuclear medical imaging studies and also managed the design, construction and research operation of the largest, tunable laser in existence: the Jefferson Lab Free Electron Laser.

In 2007, Dylla was appointed the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a federation of ten physical science societies representing over 125,000 physical science community members. As CEO, he oversaw a substantial scientific publication and outreach program for the general scientific community and the public. With his appointment as Executive Director Emeritus in June, 2015, he returned to scientific research and continued consulting for the scholarly publications community.


Lyn Evans

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is best known for his work as project leader on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Dr. Evans has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics and the inaugural St. David Award in Innovation and Technology in 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was made a CBE in 2001 for services to accelerator physics. He was awarded the Fundamental Physics Prize in 2013 for his contribution to the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. In 2012 he became the director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organization which manages the development of the next generation of particle colliders. Dr. Evans was educated at Swansea University and was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales Swansea. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in 2009.


Nathaniel Fisch

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is professor and associate chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences and director of the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University. He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the associate director for academic affairs at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and an associated faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Fisch is known for predicting new ways to control plasma, including methods of generating electrical current in plasma using electromagnetic waves. His current research interests include plasma physics with applications to nuclear fusion, lasers, propulsion, nuclear waste remediation, and astrophysics. Dr. Fisch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Physical Society (APS) Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics, the Department of Energy Bronze Medal for Outstanding Mentor, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, and the European Physical Society (EPS) Hannes Alfven Prize. He is a Fellow of the APS and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He is a former chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics.


Wendy Flavell

is an experimental materials physicist whose work has centred on the electronic structure of functional materials, including catalysts, photocatalysts and photovoltaics - particularly those of interest in the manufacture of 'next-generation' solar cells. Her research makes extensive use of world synchrotron sources for this work. She undertook her first degree and DPhil in Oxford, and following a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Imperial College, London, she took up a lecturing post in Chemistry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1990, moving discipline to Physics in 1996. When she was appointed to a Chair in 1998, she was only the 6th woman in the UK to achieve a Chair in Physics. She is currently Professor of Surface Physics in the Photon Physics Group and Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. She served as Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University between 2018 and 2021. Flavell was Deputy Chair of the Physics panel for the UK’s national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF) 2014, and also served as a panel member for the previous national exercise, RAE2008. She is currently appointed as an Interdisciplinary Adviser to the Physics sub-panel for REF2021. Flavell is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics, a member of its Awards Committee and served on its Council from 2017 to 2021. She has served as a member of several UK research council committees, including the UK EPSRC Physical Science Strategic Advisory Team and has acted as a reviewer of programmes for several international photon sources including SOLEIL and MAXlab.


Richard Friend

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holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. His research advances have shown that carbon-based semiconductors have significant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics. These have been developed and exploited through a number of spin-off companies. His current research interests are directed to novel schemes – including ideas inspired by recent insights into Nature’s light harvesting – that seek to improve the performance and cost of solar cells. Professor Friend is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has received many international awards for his research, including Laureate of the Millennium Prize for Technology (2010) the Harvey Prize (2011) of the Israel Institute of Technology and the von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society (2015). He was knighted for "Services to Physics" in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2003.


Walter F. Henning

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is an experimental nuclear physicist. He received his PhD in 1968 at the Technical University of Munich. After early work with the Moessbauereffect his interests focussed on accelerator-based studies of nuclei, with beams of heavy ions from Coulomb-barrier to relativistic energies. The research addresses nuclear structure and reactions, dense and hot nuclear matter, and applications such as ultra-sensitive trace-element analysis. It was carried out with accelerators at Munich, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), GSI Helmholtz-Centre Darmstadt (GSI), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and the RIKEN Nishina Centre (RNC) in Tokyo. It included developments towards the world’s first superconducting heavy-ion linac (ANL) and, as institutional head, the later management of accelerator facilities and projects. He has held professorships at the U. of Chicago, U. of Mainz, U. of Frankfurt, and the Technical U. of Munich. He was Director of the Physics Division at ANL (1991-1999), Scientific Director and Chair of the Board of Directors at GSI (1999-2007), Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (2004-2007), and Deputy-Director (part-time) of the RNC (2013-2017). He has served on numerous advisory boards and science panels in Europe, North-America, and Asia. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Physical Society (APS); he was awarded a DOE Appreciation Award (2009), the State of Hessen Order of Merit (2004), and the Cross of Merit of the First Class, Federal Republic of Germany (2007).


Richard A.L. Jones

is Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield; he is an experimental soft matter physicist. His first degree and PhD in Physics both come from Cambridge University, and following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, U.S.A., he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, before moving to Sheffield in 1998. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his work in the field of polymers and biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces, and in 2009 he won the Tabor Medal of the UK’s Institute of Physics for his contributions to nanoscience. He is the author of more than 190 research papers, and three books, Polymers at Surfaces and Interfaces (with Randal Richards, CUP 1999), Soft Condensed Matter, (OUP 2002), and Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life (OUP 2004). He was PVC for Research and Innovation at Sheffield from 2009 to 2016, and was a member of EPSRC Council from 2013 - 2018. He has written extensively about science and innovation policy, and was a member of the Sheffield/Manchester Industrial Strategy Commission.

Mark Lancaster

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is an experimental particle physicist whose work has encompassed measurements of the proton's structure at the DESY HERA accelerator, precise W-boson mass measurements at the Tevatron Fermilab collier, and most recently a measurement of the muon's anomalous magnetic moment (g-2) at Fermilab. He obtained a D. Phil from Oxford in 1992 and after positions at Bristol, Oxford, and Lawrence Berkeley Lab, became a lecturer at UCL in 1998 and Professor in 2008. He led the UCL particle physics group from 2008-2016 and moved to the University of Manchester in 2018. He was the co-spokesperson of the Fermilab muon g-2 experiment from 2018-2020 and leads the current UK involvement in the g-2 and Mu2e experiments. He awarded the Moseley Medal by the Institute of Physics and elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2004. He has served on committees for STFC, the IoP, CERN and Fermilab and he chaired the IoP PP2020 committee which prepared a forward look at research in particle physics and its impact on society and UK industry.

Marsha I. Lester

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received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981. She is currently the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Lester's research combines new experimental and theoretical approaches to probe intermolecular potential energy surfaces between reactive partners. These potentials control the approach and recoil of molecules in both inelastic and reactive encounters. She has extensively studied intermolecular interactions and reactions involving the hydroxyl radical, which plays a critical role in combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Lester has published extensively in a broad range of scholarly journals in the physical sciences. She has received many honors and awards, including her election to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, the Bourke Lectureship of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. In late 2008, Lester was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics, the preeminent journal in her field.


Andreas Mandelis

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is a Full Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He is the Canada Research Chair in Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Sciences and Technologies and Director of the Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave Technologies (CADIFT) at the University of Toronto. In his industrial activities he is the CTO of Quantum Dental Technologies, Inc., and CEO and President of Diffusion-Wave Diagnostic Technologies, Inc., both situated in Toronto. He received his BS degree (Magna cum Laude) in physics from Yale University, and MA, MSE, and Ph.D. degrees from the Applied Physics and Materials Laboratory, Princeton University. He is the author and co-author of 400+ scientific papers in refereed journals and 190+ scientific and technical proceedings papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer International Journal of Thermophysics, an Associate Editor of the AIP Journals Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Applied Physics, Topical Editor of the OSA Journal Optics Letters, and he is on the editorial board of the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics. He is Consulting Editor of the AIP flagship magazine Physics Today. He has several inventions, 38 patents and patents pending in the areas of photothermal tomographic imaging, signal processing and measurement, hydrogen sensors, dental laser diagnostics (biothermophotonics), semiconductor laser infrared photothermal radiometry, laser photo-carrier radiometry and laser biophotoacoustic tissue imaging. He holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Sciences and Technologies at the University of Toronto. He is also a National 1000-Talents Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu. Professor Mandelis has received numerous national and international prizes and awards including the APS Keithley Award in Instrumentation Science, the Discovery Award in Science and Engineering (the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Award), the ASME 2009 Yeram Touloukian Award (and Medal) in Thermophysics, the Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association, the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics and the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. In 2014 he was elected Killam laureate, recipient of the Killam Prize in Engineering, one of Canada’s highest academic prizes awarded annually by the Governor General of Canada.


Eric Priest

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completed his PhD thesis with TG Cowling in Leeds in 1969 having moved to a tenured position at St Andrews University in 1968, where he gradually built up an internationally renowned Solar MHD research group. He is now a highly active emeritus professor, having been the James Gregory Professor and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews for many years. He enjoys many research collaborations across the world and is an Affiliate Professor at Montana State University.

His research involves modeling the subtle interaction between the plasma atmosphere of the Sun and its magnetic field, which is responsible for much of the dynamic behaviour we see both on the Sun and elsewhere in the universe. He has edited 15 books and written over 450 research papers. His book Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) became a standard text in the field and has been completely rewritten from scratch to be reborn as Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun (2014). He also wrote a research monograph on Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (2000) with Terry Forbes.

Honours include being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), a Member of Norwegian Academy of Sciences & Letters (1994) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (2002). In 2002, he was awarded the Hale Prize of the American Astronomical Society, in 2009 the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary DSc by St Andrews University.


Jürgen Renn

is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universität and at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is a member of the Leopoldina as well as of further national and international scientific and editorial boards. His research focuses on the structural changes in systems of knowledge, where the aim is to develop a theoretical understanding of knowledge evolution, taking into account its epistemic, social, and material dimensions. As groundwork for such a theoretical approach to the history of knowledge, he has been studying some of the great transformations of systems of physical knowledge, such as the origin of theoretical science in antiquity, the emergence of classical mechanics in the early modern period, and the revolutions of modern physics in the early twentieth century. In addition to this longitudinal perspective on the evolution of knowledge, he and his collaborators have developed a transversal approach, studying dissemination and transformation processes of knowledge across cultural boundaries, as well as processes of globalization and the historical origins and co-evolutionary dynamics leading into the Anthropocene. An early pioneer of the Digital Humanities and the Open Access Movement, he is a co-initiator of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities launched by the MPG in 2003 and, together with his colleagues, has created the Edition Open Access platform for open access publication. He has also been responsible for numerous major exhibitions on the history of science, from Albert Einstein—Chief Engineer of the Universe to Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos. His most recent book is The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene (2020, Princeton University Press).


Amy Shen

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received her Ph. D in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001. She is a professor in Micro/Bio/Nanofluidic Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. Her research is focused on rheology and microfluidics of complex fluids, and viscoelastic and inertio-elastic instabilities at small length scales, with applications in biotechnology, particularly in biosensing. Amy received Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2003 and the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award in 2007. Amy was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.


A.K. Sood, FRS

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is an Honorary Professor in Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is currently the President of the Indian National Science Academy and the Secretary General of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He was the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences from 2010 to 2012. His research interests include Physics of Nano systems such as grapheme and other 2D materials and soft condensed matter, with a strong focus on innovative experiments. The latter includes the flow behaviour such as rheochaos, nonequilibrium phase transitions, deconstruction of glass physics using colloid experiments, active matter and stochastic thermodynamics. The experimental probes used for exploring physics at nanoscale are Raman spectroscopy, Ultrafast time resolved spectroscopies including terahertz spectroscopy, transport measurements and x-ray diffractions He has published close to 400 papers in refered international journals and holds a few national and International patents. His work has been recognized by way of many honors and awards .These include the Fellowship of the Royal Society ( FRS) , all the three science academies of India and TWAS ; the civilian honor, Padma Shri by Government of India, S.S. Bhatnagar Prize, G.D. Birla Award, TWAS Prize in Physics, FICCI Prize, Goyal Prize, M.N. Saha Award and Millennium Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress, Sir C.V. Raman Award of UGC, Homi Bhabha Medal of Indian National Science Academy, DAE Raja Ramanna Award of JNCASR, National Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology by Government of India, Nano Award by Government of Karnataka, G.M. Modi Award of Science and R D Birla Award for Excellence in Physics by Indian Physics Association.


Jonathan Tennyson

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is Massey Professor of Physics at University College London the leader of a large and successful research team studying a wide range of the problems in the physics of molecules. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and obtained a doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sussex. After periods working in the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Daresbury Laboratory he came to UCL. He was head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy 2004-11. He has written over 700 papers in the scientific literature as well as number of popular articles and a book on Astronomical Spectroscopy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009.


Anthony W. Thomas, AC FAA

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is a theoretical physicist who holds the Elder Chair of Physics at the University of Adelaide. He serves as Associate Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), as well as Director of the Adelaide node. Within the University of Adelaide he is Director of the University Research Centre for Complex Systems and the Structure of Matter (CSSM). From 2009-15 he held an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. During the 6 year period from 2004-2009, Professor Thomas served as Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Theoretical and Computational Physics at the US Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Asian Nuclear Physics Association and past-Chair of the IUPAP Working Group on International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics, having served as its inaugural chair for the first 6 years.


Meg Urry

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is the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics; she served as Chair of the Physics Department at Yale from 2007 to 2013 and recently finished a 4-year succession as President of the American Astronomical Society. Professor Urry received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics summa cum laude from Tufts University. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers. She has published over 280 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies and was identified as a “Highly Cited Author” by Thomson Reuters. Prof. Urry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and American Women in Science; received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University; and was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon and George van Biesbroeck prizes. Prior to moving to Yale in 2001, Prof. Urry was a senior astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Professor Urry is also known for her efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in science, for which she won the 2015 Edward A. Bouchet Leadership Award from Yale University and the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium. She also writes regularly about science for CNN.com.


Albrecht Wagner

is a particle physicist. He received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg and worked as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (USA), CERN and DESY. In 1984 he became Professor at the University of Heidelberg and in 1991 at the University of Hamburg, where he was also appointed Director of Research at DESY. From 1999 until 2009, he was Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors. He led several international consortia and served as Chairman of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) from 2006 to 2008. He has, and continues, to serve on many advisory boards and councils. From 2007 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres; since 2008 he is the Chairman of the Council of Hamburg University; and since 2010 a member of the Board of the Joachim Herz Foundation. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Councillors at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and is member of its Board of Governors. Albrecht Wagner is the holder of multiple honorary degrees and has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Ian Walmsley

portrait of Ian Walmsley

is the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh's College. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He has pioneered the marriage of these fields for applications in quantum technologies, which form part of the critical technology path of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), of which he is Director, and which is part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. He is the President and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, a member of the Board of Oxford University Innovation as well as a former Science Delegate for Oxford University Press. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walmsley oversees the University's research and innovation strategies and policies. He chairs the University's Research Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.


Julia Yeomans

portrait of Julia Yeomans

is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Pauline Chan Fellow at St Hilda’s College. Her research is in theoretical and computational physics, particularly statistical physics, soft condensed matter and biophysics. Among her current interests are active systems, liquid crystals and the interactions of fluids with structured surfaces. She is a recipient of the P-G. de Gennes Lecture Prize and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


Former Senior Editors

Anna Balazs

University of Pittsburgh

Fred Dylla

American Institute of Physics

Rohini Madhusudan Godbole

Indian Institute of Science

Jan-Michael Rost

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

Rachel Weber

University of Melbourne