Frank Close

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Francis Edwin "Frank" Close (born July 24, 1945 in Peterborough ) is a British particle physicist.

Close went to school in Peterborough and studied physics at the University of St. Andrews (Bachelor's degree in 1967) and at Oxford University (Magdalen College), where he received his doctorate in theoretical physics under Richard Dalitz in 1970. He was a post-doctoral student at SLAC , in 1973 at Daresbury Laboratory and from 1973 to 1975 at CERN . From 1975 he was at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory , where he headed the theory department from 1991. From 1997 to 2000 he was responsible for public relations at CERN. From 2001 he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford. From 1996 to 2002 he was visiting professor at the University of Birmingham .

He is known from various popular science books on particle physics, cosmology and similar subjects (such as cold fusion ).

He was on the Council of the Royal Institution . In 1993 he gave the prestigious Christmas lecture of the Royal Institution (The Cosmic Onion). In 1996 he received the Kelvin Medal and in 2013 the Michael Faraday Prize . From 2000 to 2003 he was Gresham Professor of Astronomy at University College London (a professorship connected to public lectures). He was Vice President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science .


  • An introduction to Quarks and Partons , Academic Press 1979
  • The cosmic onion: quarks and the nature of the universe , Heineman, London 1983
    • New edition in 2006 by Taylor & Francis as The new cosmic onion
  • with Michael Marten, Christine Sutton The particle explosion , Oxford University Press 1987
    • New edition as The particle odyssey: a journey to the heart of matter , Oxford University Press 2002
  • End: Cosmic Catastrophe and the Fate of the Universe , Simon and Schuster 1988 (published in the US as Apocalypse when? )
  • Too hot to handle: the story of the race of cold fusion , WH Allen 1990
    • German edition The hot race for cold fusion. Birkhäuser, Basel 1992
  • Lucifer's Legacy: The meaning of asymmetry , Oxford University Press 2000
  • Particle Physics. A very short introduction , Oxford University Press 2004
  • The Void , Oxford University Press 2007
  • Antimatter , Oxford University Press 2009
    • German translation Antimatterie , Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2010
  • Nothing: a very short introduction , Oxford University Press 2009
    • German translation: Understanding nothing: The search for the vacuum and the development of quantum physics , Spektrum Verlag 2009, ISBN 978-3-8274-2898-1
  • Neutrino , Oxford University Press 2010
    • German translation Neutrino , Springer Spectrum 2012
  • The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe , Oxford University Press 2011

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Close, Francis E. Author profile . INSPIRE-HEP . Retrieved July 17, 2019.