Schuster Colloquium 26th October 2021
100 years ago, on 9 June 2021, The University of Manchester hosted renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein had been touring the USA to raise funds for the proposed Hebrew University of Jerusalem, along with Chaim Weizmann, then a member of staff in the Department of Chemistry. His visit to Manchester and the University was […]
Meet the Department 21st October 2021
This week’s blog comes from Alexandra Bonta and Devina Mohan, MSc students working with Professor Anna Scaife on Bayesian deep learning for classification of pulsars and radio galaxies, and follows on from our blog post for Ada Lovelace Day. Last week we celebrated Ada Lovelace Day and heard about the scientists who inspire our staff […]
Meet the Department 12th October 2021
Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers, and support women already working in STEM. It was […]
Departmental Awards 28th September 2021
Henry Moseley’s 1913 paper on “The High-Frequency Spectra of the Elements” has been selected to receive one of 2020’s American Chemical Society’s Citation for Chemical Breakthrough awards.
Welcome to Physics 13th September 2021
Dr Lloyd Cawthorne shares pre-university optional exercises and resources that may interest any budding physicists, as well as those already set to take on the challenges of an undergraduate physics degree!
Student experience 24th August 2021
Louisa Mason is progressing into her third year of an undergraduate Physics with Astrophysics degree, and she is also a Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In this post, Louisa tells us about her experience of a Teach First internship at the end of her second year studies and the importance of inspiring high-school students to engage with STEM subjects.
Welcome to Physics 6th July 2021
In a historic moment for radio astronomy, the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) was officially launched in February this year, marking an important milestone for staff at the University’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, and building on the University’s long heritage in radio astronomy. Designing the SKAO telescopes – a Big Data challenge With its […]
Meet the Department 7th June 2021
Dr Ingo Dierking from the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester was awarded the 2021 G.W. Gray Medal, the highest prize of the British Liquid Crystals Society (BLCS). The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to research in the field of liquid crystal science and technology. It was first awarded 25 years ago, following the award of the Kyoto prize for Advanced Technology to George Gray (1926-2013), the discoverer of the first room temperature liquid crystal, which made Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) a reality.
To celebrate this achievement, we spoke to Ingo about the importance and continued relevance of liquid crystal research.
Meet the Department 4th May 2021
The DARA Big Data project was born in 2017 out of an identified need for high-level applied data science skills training across the African countries involved in building the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Telescope. The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope when completed and will be hosted by South Africa, which leads a partnership of other African countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, who will also participate in this world leading scientific facility.
Student experience 15th April 2021
In this blog post, second year Physics with Astrophysics undergraduate Louisa Mason discusses her experience of the 2021 CUWiP (Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics) and the inspirational presentations delivered at this year’s event.