Dr John William Connor FRS
Consultant, Theory and Modelling Department, CCFE, Culham Science Centre and Visiting Professor, Plasma Physics Group of the Department of Physics, Imperial College London
Dr Jack Connor is one of the most influential theoretical plasma physicists in the international fusion programme. He has made wide ranging contributions to the theory of fusion plasmas, essential for the development of fusion power. These include the concept of the bootstrap current, an essential ingredient of a steady-state fusion power plant; application of invariance principles to the confinement properties of fusion devices, permitting extrapolations of present experimental performance to the burning plasma device ITER; the development of the 'ballooning transformation' for calculating stability of toroidal devices, relevant to anomalous transport and pressure limits; and calculating stability of edge localised modes, whose impact on plasma exhaust is a major concern for ITER.