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The Cavendish Professorship of Physics

The Third Baron Rayleigh, John William Strutt 12 November 1842 - 30 June 1919JJTProfessor Ernest Rutherford (30 Aug 1871 - 19 Oct 1937)LBraggProfessor Nevill Mott (30 Sep 1905 - 8 Aug 1996)BPippardSEdwards 2RFriendThe Professorship was originally known as the Cavendish Professorship of Experimental Physics, and set up when the Cavendish Laboratory was commissioned. The Cavendish Professors were the Heads of the Department up to Professor Pippard, where the role was separated.

  • James Clerk Maxwell (1871-1879)
  • Lord Rayleigh (1879-1884)
  • J. J. Thomson (1884-1919)
  • Lord Rutherford (1919-1937)
  • William Lawrence Bragg (1938-1953)
  • Nevill Mott (1954-1971)
  • Brian Pippard (1971-1984)
  • Sam Edwards (1984-1995)
  • Richard Friend (1995-)