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Michael Duff

Professor Michael Duff FRS


Elected: 2009


Michael Duff is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the field of supergravity. Michael’s research interests lie in trying to unify quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. His work has been instrumental in the development of string theory and M-theory.

He was instrumental in the discovery of conformal anomalies and the applications of index theorems in supergravity. He is also known for his early work on Kaluza–Klein theory, a unified field theory of gravitation and electromagnetism in five dimensions. Michael also wrote the first book devoted to M-theory, The World in Eleven Dimensions: Supergravity, Supermembranes and M-theory, which he published in 1999.

Michael has won a number of awards and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society. His scientific ideas have been published in newspapers and magazines such as The Independent, The Guardian and New Scientist.

Professional positions

Abdus Salam Professor of Theoretical Physics, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London

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