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Read more at: 40 years and counting...
Clive Shaw working on a telescope

40 years and counting...

Having started as a trainee radio telescope technician some 40 years ago, Clive Shaw is now the Chief Mechanical Workshop Technician at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (MRAO), five miles south-west of Cambridge, at Lord’s Bridge. One day I can be attending meetings to discuss new projects in the pipeline or...



Read more at: Building a research staff community within Physics
Members of the Research Staff Committee (left), Tiffany Harte (top right) and Beth Tennyson (bottom right)

Building a research staff community within Physics

The Cavendish has hundreds of research staff, who are integral to the life and success of the Department. As well as contributing to the world-class research for which the Cavendish is famous, researchers also make valued contributions to teaching and learning, public engagement, administration, and much more. The...



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Image taken from the book cover for How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch

How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch

Cavendish particle physicist Harry Cliff discusses his first popular science book, which has just been published by Picador in the UK and Doubleday in the USA. I wanted to find an accessible hook that would help guide readers through what can be rather challenging concepts from particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology...



Read more at: Heavy Parachutes, Branching Light and Rolling Pasta…
Experimental Images of Branched Flow of Light Waves

Heavy Parachutes, Branching Light and Rolling Pasta…

Earlier this month, the Cambridge students team representing the UK and led by Yansheng Zhang (2nd year Nat Sci, Trinity College) competed in the 13th IPT, finishing in 7 th place among the 12 international team.



Read more at: Meet our PhDs- Simone Eizagirre Barker, winner of the SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship
Simone Eizagirre Barker in the lab at the Cavendish

Meet our PhDs- Simone Eizagirre Barker, winner of the SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship

Cavendish PhD student Simone Eizagirre Barker has been awarded the D.J. Lovell Scholarship by SPIE , the international society for optics and photonics, for her potential contributions to the field. We’ve caught up with Simone who tells us more about her journey into physics, her student life at the Cavendish, and what this award means to her.