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Sturrock, Peter A.




Peter Sturrock
English physicist who studied mathematics at Cambridge University (with an interruption for radar research from 1944 until 1947) and was awarded the University Rayleigh Prize in 1949, a Ph.D. in 1951, and a Prize Fellowship at St John's College in 1952. After research at the National Bureau of Standards, the University of Paris, the Cavendish Laboratory, and the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Sturrock went to Stanford University in 1955. After research at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research (1957–58), he returned to Stanford and was appointed professor in 1961. He was Professor of Applied Physics from 1961 until 1998, and is now Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics. He served as Director of the Center for Space Science and Astrophysics from 1992 until 1998, and as President of the Society for Scientific Exploration from 1981 until 2001. He has also served as Chairman of the Plasma Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, as Chairman of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. His research interests have included electron physics, particle accelerators, plasma physics, solar physics, astrophysics, and scientific inference.


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