For me, the best thing about Emma is the
inter-year socialising - it makes it a lovely
community to be a part of
Jake, 3rd Year
Ext. Director of Studies
Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow, Darwin College
Since high school I have been fascinated by Particle Physics. The fact that humankind has been able to develop a profound understanding of nature at this most fundamental level is a remarkable achievement.
I have been interested in volcanoes for well over 30 years. My research group, in the Department of Earth Sciences, studies magmatic processes. We want to answer simple questions. How is magma generated? How does it move towards the surface? Where is it stored before volcanic eruptions? What is the relationship between magmatism and environmental change?
After graduating from Oxford in 1964, I joined the research group of Luis Alvarez at the University of California, Berkeley, where I obtained a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in 1969. That was a time of great excitement, with discoveries coming thick and fast. I studied the new phenomenon of CP (charge-conjugation times parity) violation in neutral K mesons, using the bubble-chamber technique for which Alvarez was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize.