Dennis W. Sciama

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Dennis Sciama

Born
Dennis William Siahou Sciama

(1926-11-18)18 November 1926
Died18/19 December 1999 (aged 73)
NationalityBritish
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge[1]
Known forCosmology
Spouse(s)Lidia Dina (1959–1999; his death; 2 children)
AwardsFaraday Medal (1991)[2] Guthrie Medal and Prize (1991)
Scientific career
FieldsGravitation
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Cornell University
Harvard University
King's College, London
University of Texas at Austin
Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
Scuola Normale Superiore
Doctoral advisorPaul Dirac[3]
Doctoral students
InfluencedRoger Penrose

Dennis William Siahou Sciama, FRS (/ʃiˈæmə/; 18 November 1926 – 18/19 December 1999)[6][7] was a British physicist. He was an important scientist for the development of British physics after the Second World War.[8][9]

He was the PhD supervisor to many famous cosmologists, including Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees and David Deutsch. He is seen as one of the fathers of modern cosmology.[10][11][12][13]

References[change | change source]

  1. Oral Histories – American Institute of Physics
  2. "Institute of Physics awards". Iop.org. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Dennis Sciama at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Hawking, Stephen William (1966). Properties of Expanding Universes. repository.cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. doi:10.17863/CAM.11283. OCLC 62793673. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.601153. open access publication – free to read
  5. Rees, Martin (1967). Physical Processes in Radio Sources and the Intergalactic Medium (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  6. Ellis, George F. R.; Penrose, Roger (2010). "Dennis William Sciama. 18 November 1926 -- 19 December 1999". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 56: 401–422. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2009.0023. S2CID 73035217. open access publication – free to read
  7. Ellis, George F. R. (2000). "Dennis Sciama (1926–99)". Nature. 403 (6771): 722. Bibcode:2000Natur.403..722E. doi:10.1038/35001716. PMID 10693790. S2CID 4340665.
  8. "PhysicsWorld Archive » Volume 13 » Obituary: Dennis Sciama 1926–1999". Physicsworldarchive.iop.org. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  9. "PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY VOL. 145, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2001" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  10. The Renaissance of General Relativity and Cosmology, eds. G. F. R. Ellis et al., Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993. (Contains a Sciama Festschrift with Sciama's complete scientific genealogy).[ISBN missing]
  11. Short biography (source for much of this entry)
  12. Oral History interview transcript with Dennis W. Sciama 25 January 1989, American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives
  13. Sciama, Dennis William (1926–1999), cosmologist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/73574