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Biographical entry Ward, John Clive (1924 - 2000)

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Born
1 August 1924
London, England
Died
6 May 2000
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

John Ward was a physicist who made fundamental contributions in quantum electrodynamics, elementary particle physics, solid-state physics and quantum statistics and the Ising model. He is known for the Ward-Takahashi identity (also known as the Ward Identity). With Abdus Salam he wrote on the standard model of gauge particle interactions. He was an early advocate of the use of Feynman diagrams. Ward published only about 20 papers, but his work was highly influential in that of other researchers and earned for Ward several highly regarded awards. For 20 years Ward worked at a number of universities, including Adelaide, Florida, the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton, and Johns Hopkins, as well as the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in the United Kingdom. Between 1966 and 1984 Ward was Professor of Physics at the University of New South Wales, building the Department from scratch and successfully advocating that the University award Bachelor of Science degrees as well as the standard Bachelor of Arts.

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1951 - 1952
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1952 - 1953
Career position - Visiting researcher, Bell Laboratories, U.S.A
1953 - 1954
Career position - Lecturer, University of Adelaide
1955
Career position - At Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston
1955 - 1956
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1956 - 1957
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
1957 - 1959
Career position - Visiting Fellow, University of Miami, U.S.A.
1960 - 1961
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1961 - 1965
Career position - Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
1965 - 1966
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
1965 - 2000
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1966 - 1984
Career position - Foundation Professor of Physics, Macquarie University
1981
Award - Guthrie Medal, Institute of Physics
1981
Award - Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics, University of New South Wales and the Australian Institute of Physics
1982
Award - Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics
1983
Award - Hughes Medal, Royal Society, London

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Journal Articles

  • Dalitz, Richard H. and Duarte, Frank J., 'John Clive Ward', Physics Today, vol. 53, no. 10, 2000, pp. 99-100. Details

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McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn