Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

R.I.P. Tom Kibble (1932-2016)

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Ex-head of my department, taught me quantum mechanics, and both a nice person and an inspiring scientist.

I last saw him only a few weeks ago.

He will be sadly missed.

In the Dark

Yet again, I find myself having to use this blog pass on some very sad news. Distinguished theoretical physicist Tom Kibble (below) passed away today, at the age of 83.

Kibble

Sir Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble FRS (to give his full name) worked on  quantum field theory, especially the interface between high-energy particle physics and cosmology. He has worked on mechanisms ofsymmetry breaking, phase transitions and the topological defects (monopoles, cosmic strings or domain walls) that can be formed in some theories of the early Universe;  he is  probably most famous for introducing the idea of cosmic strings to modern cosmology in a paper with Mark Hindmarsh. Although there isn’t yet any observational support for this idea, it has generated a great deal of very interesting research.

Tom was indeed an extremely distinguished scientist, but what most people will remember best is that he was…

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Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

2 thoughts on “R.I.P. Tom Kibble (1932-2016)

  1. Hi Dave,

    I remember Sir Tom teaching me classical mechanics in my first year at Imperial College. He was a good lecturer, always patient with the students questions and always encouraging.

    I was fortunate enough to see him again in 2014, at CERN, giving a seminar on “Genesis of Electroweak Unification and the Higgs” (you can find the recording on youtube, just google the title).

    I was sad to hear of his passing, he will be missed.

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