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Raymond Volkas

Professor
early universe
neutrinos
Beyond the standard model
branes and extra dimensions
particle cosmology
particle phenomemology
science & technology
physical sciences
physics
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Raymond Volkas

 
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Science
 
Primary Interest
Theoretical particle physics
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Academic Biography
Prof Raymond Volkas

Ray is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics, where he has been a Faculty member since 1993. He is the Director of the Melbourne Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics (established in 2011) and served as Head of the School of Physics from 2014-2016.

Some of Ray’s past awards and achievements include receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, the Pawsey Medal which is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (UoM), a University of Melbourne Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Higher-Degree Supervision, and a Dozor Fellowship from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010. He was awarded the 2016 Harrie Massey Medal and Prize jointly by the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Australian Institute of Physics.

Ray completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1987. His research interests as a theoretician centre on physics “beyond the standard model”. His special interests include those areas where experiment or observation has already revealed the necessity for extending the known laws of nature: neutrino masses, dark matter, and the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe.

Ray has been invited to present talks at numerous conferences, schools and workshops, given many public lectures, has appeared on radio and television programs, and on Youtube. He has also been the chair or co-chair for 5 international conferences.

Ray currently co-teaches Quantum Physics and Theoretical Physics 3 at 3rd Year Level and Quantum Mechanics at MSc Level.

In his spare time, Ray enjoys listening to modern jazz, playing improvisations on the piano and appreciates the fruits of some famous artists such as his favourite, Caravaggio. His favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Graham Greene and Ursula Le Guin. He also admires architecture of both the past and the present and will find time to visit sites of archaeological value when the opportunity arises. Ray is an avid, though only moderately skilled, cryptic crossword puzzle solver.

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3

Internal Research Grant


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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2018

University of Melbourne Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Higher-Degree Supervision

University of Melbourne

2017

University of Melbourne

2016

Harrie Massey Medal and Prize

Institute of Physics (UK) and Australian Institute of Physics

2001

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

University of Melbourne

2001

Dozor Fellowship

Ben-Gurion University

1999

Pawsey Medal for Outstanding research in physics

Australian Academy of Science

1994

Visiting Fellowship

University of Cambridge (Clare Hall)

1990

QE11 Fellowship

Australian Research Council

1988

Gunnar Kallen Scholarship

Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture (Italy)

1982

Professor Kernot Research Award

University of Melbourne

1982

Dixson Research Award

University of Melbourne

2010

FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science


2002

FAIP - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics


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Credentials

Positions


Professor

Physics

Honorary Life Member

University of Cambridge (Clare Hall)

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (honours)

University of Melbourne