Sebastian Doniach

Physicist, Academic

1934 –


Who is Sebastian Doniach?

Sebastian Doniach is a British-American physicist and professor at Stanford University. His research interests include theoretical condensed matter physics, superconductivity, and biophysics.

His mother was the distinguished clinical immunologist Deborah Doniach. Sebastian Doniach received a B.A. from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1954 and a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool with Herbert Fröhlich in 1958.

His contributions to the field of condensed matter physics include the Lawrence-Doniach model of superconductivity and his book on Green's functions in solid state physics with E. H. Sondheimer. Sebastian Doniach is one of the pioneers of synchrotron X-ray sources and served as the first director of the Stanford Synchrotron. His research group at Stanford currently uses radiation from the Stanford Synchrotron and from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory for studies of protein and RNA structure and dynamics.

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  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Christ's College, Cambridge
    Scholar in Natural Sciences
    (1951 - 1954)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cambridge Mathematical Tripos
    ( - 1954)
  • University College London
    (1954 - 1955)
  • Doctorate, University of Liverpool
    Theoretical physics
    (1955 - 1958)
  • Stanford University
    (1994 - )
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    (1992 - )
  • Visiting Scientist, Pasteur Institute
    (1990 - 1997)
  • Visiting Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    (1987 - 1991)
  • CNRS Senior Visiting Scientist, University of Paris
    (1980 - 1980)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo
    (1978 - )
  • Visiting Scientist, Institut Laue–Langevin
    (1974 - )

on July 23, 2013


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