Chronology 1990-1999


  • New College logo.  
    QMW logo


  • Extracts from College Annual Report 1991/1992. (Word, PDF, ODT)
  • Publication of Electronics: Circuits, Amplifiers and Gates by Professor David Bugg.
  • Departmental Brochure. (PDF)  
    Departmental Brochure 1991


  • Professor Peter Kalmus appointed Head of Department.  
    Professor PIP Kalmus

    Peter Kalmus obtained his BSc and PhD degrees at University College London where he spent a further three years as a Research Associate. During this time he helped to design and construct an electron accelerator. From 1960 to 1964 he worked in the Particle Accelerator and High Energy Physics Divisions at Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. He joined the Physics Department at Queen Mary in 1964. He has carried out many experiments in particle physics at Argonne, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at CERN in Geneva, and at DESY in Hamburg. Early experiments, mainly on hadron spectroscopy, used particle beams which he designed, and fixed targets. Later experiments were with colliding beams at the CERN proton-antiproton collider and the DESY HERA electron-proton collider. In 1988 he received the Rutherford Medal and Prize for his outstanding role in the discovery of the W and Z particles, the experimental verification of electroweak unification. He has served on boards and committees of Research Councils and other national and international bodies. At various times he has been Vice President of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Institution, Physics President of the British Association, Vice President of the the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chair of its Commission on Particles and Fields. He spent four years as Chair of the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, and another four years as Chair of its London and South East Branch.

    He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society. He received the OBE in 2001 for services to physics. He continues to devote much effort to explaining physics to schools, teachers and members of the general public. Since his notional retirement in 1998 he has given about 320 talks to a total audience of 30,000 people in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and India. In 2002 he received the Kelvin Medal and Prize for public understanding of physics, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Association. He is an Honorary Fellow of University College London and was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 2003. In 2005 he received the Outreach Prize of the European Physical Society, and in 2010 the IOP Branches Prize, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

  • Professor Derek Martin awarded the Kenneth Button Medal.  
    for "outstanding contributions to the fields of infrared and millimetre waves" by the prize committee of the International Conference of Infrared and Millimetre Waves.
  • Departmental Brochure.  
    Departmental Brochure 1992
  • Postgraduate Prospectus.  
    Research Brochure 1992


  • Departmental Brochure. (PDF)  
    Departmental Brochure 1993


  • Professor Peter Ade awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for fundamental advances in far infrared detectors and sensors.


  • November to May 1998. Infrared Space Observatory operational with Professor Peter Clegg as Principal Investigator for the Long-Wavelength Spectrometer.
  • The College merged with the St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Departmental Brochure.  
    Departmental Brochure 1993


  • New Armorial Bearings granted to the College by the College of Arms.  
  • Professor David Bugg awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Institute of Physics for outstanding work in hadron spectroscopy.
  • Professor Derek Martin admitted as Fellow of the College.
    Presentation speech by Professor Peter Kalmus. (PDF)
  • The Department awarded a grade 4a by the Higher Education Funding Council in the Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Change of College logo.  
    Queen Mary logo


  • Professor Peter Clegg appointed Head of Department.  
    Professor Peter Clegg

    Peter Clegg received his MA in Natural Philosophy from the University of Oxford and his PhD from the University of Reading, where he studied the properties of semi-conducting diamond. He joined the Astrophysics Group, in the Physics Department of Queen Mary College, as a Research Assistant in 1963, where he played a major rôle in the development of detectors for far-infrared astronomy. He was appointed Lecturer in 1965, Senior Lecturer in 1978, Reader in 1981 and Professor in 1988. He made many ground-breaking observations in the far-infrared region of the spectrum and, under his leadership, the Group launched the first balloon-borne experiment to measure the cosmic background radiation, in 1974. He was appointed the British Resident Astronomer for the pioneering international Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS), launched in 1983, and was awarded NASA’s Public Service Medal for his work on that mission. He was Principal Investigator for the Long-Wavelength Spectrometer, one of four instruments launched on the European Space Agency’s Infrared Space Observatory (ISO), launched in 1995, which was a sophisticated successor to IRAS. He has served on, and chaired, many boards and committees of Research Councils and other national and international bodies.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Physics. He has given many lectures on physics and astronomy to schools, amateur societies and the general public and has appeared in radio and television programmes.

  • New Departmental logo.  
  • Postgraduate Booklet.  
    Postgraduate Brochure 1997


  • December - Publication of Quantum State Diffusion by Professor Ian Percival.  
    "Quantum State Diffusion" IC Percival, 
             Cambridge University Press, 1998


  • Professor Ian Percival awarded the Paul Dirac Medal by the Institute of Physics.
  • Eclipse Day - talks and demonstrations for 320 local schoolchildren organised by Dr Carole Tucker in preparation for the total eclipse.
  • The Departmental student society AstroPhysoc changed its name to Psi Star.