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Sir James Hough OBE FRS FRSE FInstP FRAS (born 6 August 1945)[2] is a British physicist and an international leader in the search for gravitational waves.[3][4][5][6][7]


Jim Hough

Born
James Hough

(1945-08-06) 6 August 1945 (age 74)
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
AwardsGunning Victoria Jubilee Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
Doctoral studentsSheila Rowan[1]
Websitewww.physics.gla.ac.uk/igr/index.php?L1=members&L2=member&name=jhough

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Career and researchEdit

Hough has held the following professional positions:

Awards and honoursEdit

Appearances in mediaEdit

Hough received widespread media coverage in 2004 when he placed a bet, against the odds, of detecting gravitational waves before 2010. The original odds were set at 500/1, but following huge interest, the betting company were forced to cut their odds to 6/1.[19]

In April 2007, during the run-up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections, Hough signed an open letter, along with sixty-one other top Scottish scientists, backing the retention of the Union between Scotland and England.[20][21] They were concerned that Scottish independence would have "detrimental consequences for the health of the Scottish science base and for the long term viability of the Scottish economy and society."

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rowan, Sheila (1995). Aspects of lasers for the illumination of interferometric gravitational wave detectors. theses.gla.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Glasgow. OCLC 181873685. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.294173.
  2. ^ Anon (2017). Hough, Prof. James. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.44099. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Newsletter of the Institute of Physics in Scotland" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2007.[dead link]
  4. ^ Institute of Gravitational Research – Member Biography
  5. ^ University of Glasgow Staff Profile
  6. ^ List of publications
  7. ^ Duddell Medal and Prize
  8. ^ "Institute of Gravitational Research – Member Biography". Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Institute of Gravitational Research – Member Biography". Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  10. ^ "LISA Science Team Membership". Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  11. ^ "LIGO Council".
  12. ^ "Science & Technology Facitities Council – Committee Information". Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  13. ^ "James Hough Biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Recipients of the Duddell award". Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  15. ^ "The Duddell Medal and Prize". Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  16. ^ "Gunning Victoria Jubilee Prize Lectureship" (PDF). RSE. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  17. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 11.
  18. ^ "Knighthood for Groundbreaking UofG Astrophysicist". UofG. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Bookmakers slash odds on science". 31 August 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  20. ^ "The Times – Letters to the Editor". London. Retrieved 5 May 2007.[dead link]
  21. ^ "The Scotsman – Politics". Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2007.