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Tom Kibble

AKA Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble

Born: 23-Dec-1932
Birthplace: Madras, India
Died: 2-Jun-2016
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Zurek-Kibble theory

Particle physicist Tom Kibble studied under Abdus Salam, and conducted extensive research into theoretical particle physics, cosmology, and quantum field theory. He is probably best known for his 1976 theory correlating cooling rate and topological defects. Later enhanced by physicist Wojciech Zurek, this is now known as the Zurek-Kibble theory.

Father: Walter Frederick Kibble (mathematician)
Mother: Janet Cowan Watson Bannerman (missionary, b. 1893, d. 1976)
Wife: Anne Richmond Allan (m. 6-Jul-1956, d. 3-Apr-2005, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Helen (b. 1960)
Daughter: Alison (b. 1963)
Son: Robert (b. 1969)

    High School: Melville College, Edinburgh (1951)
    University: BSc Physics, University of Edinburgh (1956)
    University: MA Mathenatics and Natural Philosophy, University of Edinburgh (1955)
    University: PhD Mathematical Physics, Imperial College London (1958)
    Scholar: Physics, California Institute of Technology (1958-59)
    Teacher: Physics, Imperial College London (1959-70)
    Professor: Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London (1970-)

    Commander of the British Empire 1998
    Hughes Medal 1981
    European Physical Society 1975
    British Society for Social Responsibility in Science Chairman (1974-77)
    Royal Institution of Great Britain 1984
    Royal Society 1980
    Scientists Against Nuclear Arms Chairman (1985-91)
    Scientists for Global Responsibility
    Society for General Relativity and Gravitation 1975

Author of books:
Classical Mechanics (1966, with Frank Berkshire)
Ways out of the arms race (1988, with John Hassard and Patricia Lewis)

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