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The School of Physics and Astronomy
, formed by the merger of the Departments of Physics at the Victoria University of Manchester
The Victoria University of Manchester was a university in Manchester, England. On 1 October 2004 it merged with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology to form a new entity, "The University of Manchester".-1851 - 1951:The University was founded in 1851 as Owens College,...
The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology was a university based in the centre of the city of Manchester in England. It specialised in technical and scientific subjects and was a major centre for research...
in 2004 when the universities merged to form the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is a public research university located in Manchester, United Kingdom. It is a "red brick" university and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities and the N8 Group...
, is one of the largest and most active physics departments in the United Kingdom and includes the Jodrell Bank Observatory. The history of physics in Manchester includes many remarkable physicists, including 12 Nobel prize
The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...
winners. The majority of the school, including teaching facilities, is housed in the seven floor Schuster Laboratory
The Schuster Laboratory houses the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. It is located on Brunswick Street, Manchester, within the Engineering and Physical Sciences faculty of the University. The building was designed by Fairhurst, Harry S. & Sons, of the Fairhurst...
, Brunswick Street, Manchester.
The School comprises eight research groups: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Liquid Crystal Physics, Photon Physics, Particle Physics
Particle physics is a branch of physics that studies the existence and interactions of particles that are the constituents of what is usually referred to as matter or radiation. In current understanding, particles are excitations of quantum fields and interact following their dynamics...
, Nuclear Physics and Theoretical Physics.
See People associated with the University of Manchester for a list of notable Manchester physicists and their achievements.