Professor Gerard Watts
Professor in Theoretical Physics
Gerard Watts gained his PhD from Cambridge in 1990, under the supervision of Professor Peter Goddard. He then had postdoctoral research positions in Durham, Montreal and Paris while also holding a research fellowship from St John's College Cambridge.
He moved to King’s in 1996 on an EPSRC fellowship, was appointed Lecturer in 2000 and Reader in 2001. He was promoted to Professor in 2017. Gerard held varied grants from the EPSRC, EU, Royal Society, London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Physics and organised numerous workshops and conferences.
He has supervised five PhD students in King's, held grants from the EU, Royal Society, London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Physics and organised numerous workshops and conferences, most notably the UK Integrable and Conformal Field theory meetings which he started at King's in 1996 and have been held annually around the country since then.
Gerard currently has two PhD students and is very happy to discuss possible research projects with interested students.
- Conformal and topological field theory
- Integrable quantum field theory
- Infinite dimensional algebras and their applications
- Numerical and algebraic approaches to renormalisation group flows