Ruth joins King’s from Durham University where she has been Professor of Mathematics and Physics since 2005. Her academic specialisms are in general relativity and cosmology. She studied for her PhD at DAMTP, Cambridge in Stephen Hawking’s Relativity research group. She moved to Chicago as a Research Associate at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, then a McCormick Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, before moving back to the UK on a PPARC Advanced Fellowship, then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship before joining the Maths and Physics faculty at Durham in 2005. In 2006, she was awarded the Maxwell Medal by the Institute of Physics and in 2011 received a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Research Award.
King's Department of Physics is home to world-leading research groups in biological physics & soft matter, photonics & nanotechnology, theory & simulation of condensed matter, experimental particle & astroparticle physics and theoretical particle physics & cosmology. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Physics, Physics with Biophysics, Physics with Theoretical Physics and a joint honours programme in Physics & Philosophy, as well as programmes that allow students to study overseas as part of their degree. Additionally, the department has a rapidly growing postgraduate taught programme.
Commenting on the appointment, Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, said:
I am delighted to welcome Professor Ruth Gregory to lead the Department of Physics and very much look forward to working with her. Ruth is an outstanding academic and she brings a wealth of leadership experience. I am confident that under her leadership, the department will continue to go from strength to strength.–
I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to take up the role as Head of Physics at King’s; I am looking forward to working with the Faculty and my new colleagues to meet the challenges of the coming months, and to enable the department to strengthen and realise its potential.–