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Read more at: Amy Ogle – Maxwell’s first female undergraduate student

Amy Ogle – Maxwell’s first female undergraduate student

SOBEL FALCONER describes the remarkable story of Amy Ogle, a truly pioneering women student who died tragically young. ‘My best man is Ogle,’ declared an examiner for Cambridge’s Natural Sciences Tripos, in 1876. He was unaware that ‘Ogle’ was a woman. 1 Amy Ogle (1848–1878) came top in the Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) 14...



Read more at: Enabling ‘impact protection’ for successful space landings and beyond

Enabling ‘impact protection’ for successful space landings and beyond

Unsuccessful landings are the main obstacle to the success of most space missions; this comes at a great economic cost (e.g., NASA’s Genesis rough landing). Furthermore, the quantity of space debris surrounding Earth keeps increasing very fast: there are already approximately 34000 objects greater than 10 cm, and 128...



Read more at: Physics at Work 2022 roundup

Physics at Work 2022 roundup

The 38th edition of Physics at Work was held at the Cavendish from 20th-22nd September this year. It was brilliant to finally be able to welcome back students and teachers after having to host it online the last 2 years. This year, we hosted 1528 mainly GCSE students from 38 schools across the country and from varying...



Read more at: Meet our Physics NanoFutures Scholars for 2022

Meet our Physics NanoFutures Scholars for 2022

The NanoFutures Scholars undergraduate research programme encourages talented students from diverse backgrounds to get a high quality research experience during an 8-week summer research internship at the EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC). Interdisciplinary in nature, the NanoDTC attracts applicants...



Read more at: CiW - Inspiring future women role models

CiW - Inspiring future women role models

Cavendish Inspiring Women (CiW) mission is to raise visibility of many leading women academics, entrepreneurs, business women and women in industry who come from physics backgrounds. These women play an important role in inspiring the new generation of women in physics. Founded by Sarah Morgan and Hannah Stern in 2014, the...



Read more at: Isaac Physics Teacher Symposium 2022

Isaac Physics Teacher Symposium 2022

This year the Teacher's Symposium was held in-person at The Cavendish Laboratory. The free two day event was for Physics and A level Maths teachers, who currently use Isaac Physics in their teaching or may explore it in future. The aim of the symposium was to network with other teachers, work in groups to gain familiarity...



Read more at: Krishanu Dey wins the 2022 IET Hudswell International Research Award

Krishanu Dey wins the 2022 IET Hudswell International Research Award

PhD student Krishanu Dey has been announced as the winner of 2022 IET Hudswell International Research Scholarship , which will allow him to explore exciting light emission applications of emerging halide perovskite materials beyond his PhD. Krish is a member of StranksLab , based at the Cavendish Laboratory and Department...



Read more at: Congratulations to Dan Cross on crossing the 35 year milestone

Congratulations to Dan Cross on crossing the 35 year milestone

Dan Cross has recently completed 35 years of service with the University. I like the informal atmosphere and that people, at whatever level, can and do contribute positively. I’ve overwhelmingly found the researchers to be great people to work with and it feels good to be a useful part of a team and to have one’s skills...



Read more at: Unsung Heroes: June Broomhead (Lindsey) and the Structure of DNA
Left: coloured photo of June Broomhead in her PhD graduation gown. Right: Illustrating the structures of adenine (left) and thymine (right) as well as the hydrogen bonding between them.

Unsung Heroes: June Broomhead (Lindsey) and the Structure of DNA

Meet the woman who contributed to the discovery of DNA's double helix, but whose contributions to modern science have largely been forgotten. The immediate post-WWII annual photographs of Cavendish Staff and Research Students are remarkable for the small numbers of women present, despite their huge contributions to the war...



Read more at: Theorising the physical mechanism of ferroelectricity in twisted bilayers
Left: Benjamin Remez, Centre: Moire superlattice, at a twist angle of 9 degrees, Right: Danny Bennett

Theorising the physical mechanism of ferroelectricity in twisted bilayers

Danny Bennett and Benjamin Remez are two PhD students in the Theory of Condensed Matter group. Devising their project completely on their own, they have developed the first theoretical description of a big recent discovery in the field of 2D materials. We’ve caught up with Danny just as their results are being published in...