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Prof Alan McKane - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Theoretical Physics

Tel: 0161 275-4192

Location: Schuster Building-ROOM 7.15
The School of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy. As such I am a member of the Theoretical Physics Group in the School. More details about the Group can be found at

My first degree was a first class BSc honours degree in Mathematics from Southampton University which I received in 1975 followed by a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the same university in 1978. After completing my PhD I was a research assistant in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge until 1980 and then a research investigator in the Department of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania until 1982. I then took up an SERC Advanced Fellowship which I held in the Department of Physics, University of Edinburgh, but resigned this in 1984 to take up a lectureship in the Department of Physics here in Manchester. I have been here since then, as senior lecturer, reader and now professor.  

During the time I have been based in Manchester I have spent a signifiicant amount of time visiting other scientific institutions. Two visiting appointments were to be principal organiser of a research programme at the Isaac Newton
Institute, University of Cambridge in the first half of 1994 and to be Talbot Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia during the 2001/02 academic year.