Emeritus Professor Frank Close OBE

Professor Frank Close OBE elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

Emeritus Professor Frank Close OBE has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his extraordinarily effective work in explaining profound concepts in physics at all levels of society including in parliament and to the general public.

Professor Close is one of 52 Fellows as well as 10 Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow to be selected from around the globe for their exceptional contributions to science. Having studied for his DPhil at Oxford, he returned as Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2001.

‘This recognition is richly deserved,’ comments Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of the Department of Physics. ‘Frank is an exceptional colleague and has contributed enormously to the Department over the last 20 years. As this fellowship recognises, not only is he a leader in theoretical particle physics, but he also has a remarkable ability to share his knowledge in a compelling and accessible way to a whole host of different audiences. His book the Cosmic Onion attracted many of us to particle physics. We are extremely lucky to count Frank as a colleague and, on behalf of the Department, I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate him on this richly deserved achievement.'

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