Thursday, 17 September 2009

My (Physics) Genealogy

Many mathematicians include a Genealogy (all mathematicians reachable by following links from an advisor to a student) or link to the Mathematics Genealogy Project on their website, so I looked for something similar for Physics. There does not seem to be such a tool but, with the help of wikipedia and starting from Dorothy Hodgkin, here is my Genealogy:
  • Paul C. Abbott (UWA 1987);
  • E.N. (Ted) Maslen (Oxford 1959?);
  • Dorothy Hodgkin (Cambridge 1933?);
  • John Desmond Bernal (Cambridge 1922/3?);
  • Sir William Henry Bragg (Cambridge 1884);
  • Sir Joseph John “J. J.” Thomson (Cambridge 1883);
  • John Strutt (3rd Baron Rayleigh) (Cambridge 1868);
  • Edward John Routh (Cambridge 1857);
  • William Hopkins (Cambridge 1830);
  • Augustus De Morgan (Cambridge 1826);
  • Adam Sedgwick (Cambridge 1811);
  • Thomas Jones (Cambridge 1782);
  • Thomas Postlethwaite (Cambridge 1756);
  • Stephen Whisson (Cambridge 1742);
  • Walter Taylor (Cambridge 1723);
  • Robert Smith (Cambridge 1715);
  • Isaac Newton (Cambridge 1668).
Note that once you link to Cambridge it is quite likely that you will reach Newton.

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