Peter Kalmus

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Peter Ignaz Paul Kalmus (born January 25, 1933 in Prague ) is a British particle physicist .

Kalmus came to England in 1939 as a Jew on the run from the National Socialists , grew up in Harpenden and attended St. Albans County Grammar School. His father is Hans Kalmus , Professor of Biology at University College London (UCL). Kalmus studied and received his PhD at UCL. After a postdoctoral stay in the USA (Illinois), he was at Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London from 1964, where he became professor in 1978, headed the particle physics group and headed the physics faculty from 1992 to 1997.

He was Vice President of the Institute of Physics (and from 1989 to 1993 head of its High Energy Physics Group) and the Royal Institution, and was President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science .

He is a well known physics popularizer in the UK. In 2005 he received the Outreach Prize for this.

In 1988 he received the Rutherford Medal for his contributions to the discovery of the W boson and Z boson . At CERN he was involved in the development and construction of the UA1 detector on the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). He also participated in experiments at DESY . In 2002 he received the Kelvin Medal . In 1995 he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society . In 2001 he became a member of the Order of the British Empire ( Officer , OBE for short).

He is the brother of the physicist George Kalmus .


  • Catherine Wilson: Interview with Professor Peter Kalmus. In: Physics Education. Vol. 33, No. 4, 1998, ISSN  0031-9120 , p. 266, doi : 10.1088 / 0031-9120 / 33/4/017 .
  • Biography in: William D. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles, Hilary L. Rubinstein (Eds.): The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke et al. 2011, ISBN 978-1-4039-3910-4 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Kalmus, Peter IP Author profile . INSPIRE-HEP . Retrieved July 19, 2019.