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Professor Robert Evans

Professor Robert Evans

Professor Robert Evans
B.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Bristol), F.Inst.P., FRS

Emeritus Professor

Office 3.38
HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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+44 (0) 117 928 8703


My research lies in the field of statistical physics and, in particular, the area of liquid state theory. Current interests include: i) fluid interfacial phenomena, especially the physics of adsorption, with emphasis on fluid phase transitions and criticality at surfaces,and the nature of correlation functions. ii) fluids under nano and mesoscale confinement. iii) theory of nucleation. iv) deriving and applying simple models of colloidal suspensions. I am also interested in the formal links between classical and quantum density functional theory(DFT), a technique that forms a cornerstone of many body physics.



Date of Birth: April 7,1946. Nationality: U.K.

Degrees: BSc Mathematical Physics, University of Birmingham, UK (1967)

              PhD Theoretical Physics, University of Bristol, UK (1970)         


1970-3 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol, UK

1973-4 Royal Society/SRC European Research Fellow, Freie Universität West Berlin

1974-7 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol

1977-8 SRC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Bristol

1978-84 Lecturer, University of Bristol

1984-92 Reader in Physics, University of Bristol

1992-2006 Professor of Physics, University of Bristol

1997 Research Professor, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Germany

2002-5 Humboldt Awardee, MPI für Metallforschung, Stuttgart,Germany

2006-11 Henry Overton Wills Professor and Head of Department, University of Bristol

2011 Kramers Chair of Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

2011- Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Distinctions and Awards:

1981 Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics 

2002 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Humboldt Preis)

2002 Molecular Physics Lecturer (Taylor & Francis)

2005 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London

2007 Lennard-Jones Prize and Lecturer (Royal Society of Chemistry)

2011-3 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship

2011 Kramers Professorship, University of Utrecht

2014 European Physical Society Liquid Matter Prize

2016-8 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship





Professor Evans does not teach at present.


  • statistical physics
  • condensed matter theory.

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