Prof B R Martin


I was an undergraduate at Birmingham University (1959-1962) graduating with a BSc in Physics, and then moved to University College (1962-1965) to take a PhD in Theoretical Physics. During 1964/65 I was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen University, and for 1965/66 I held a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen. I then spent two years (1966-68) as a Research Associate in the Physics Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, before returning to UCL as a Lecturer. Subsequently I was promoted to Reader and Professor. I was Head of Department from 1993 to 2004 and retired as Professor Emeritus in October 2005.

My research interests have been the phenomenology of elementary particle physics, with particular emphasis on analyses using models that incorporate as much firm general physical theory as possible and the extraction of reliable information from data. Some of the things I have worked on at various stages of my career are: resonance interactions in a number of systems, including kaon-nucleon, pion-nucleon, pion-pion and proton-antiproton; quark interpretation of resonance spectra; applications of analyticity and duality to two-body reactions; weak and electromagnetic kaon decays; and weak and electromagnetic nucleon structure function data. 

I have written two books on particle physics: one at graduate level – Pion-Pion Interactions in Particle Physics, with David Morgan and Graham Shaw, (Academic Press, 1976) [website]; and one a general introduction to the field for advanced undergraduates – Particle Physics, with Graham Shaw, (Wiley, 3rd edition, October 2008) [website, reviews]. I have also published two other undergraduate books – Nuclear and Particle Physics (Wiley, 2nd edition, February 2009) [website]; and a short book on statistics – Statistics for Physicists (Academic Press, 1968). and I am currently planning a book on mathematical methods  for physical science and engineering students.

Last updated January 2009

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