The doctors will see you now…

It’s been a quiet time at the blog of late — trips to Boston, Kanazawa, and, right now, the Diamond Light Source (more of which soon) since the start of the year have kept me away from the WordPress editing page. I had to quickly break radio silence, however, to offer some hearty congratulations to two freshly minted doctors of philosophy, whose PhD viva and/or defence (depending on which side of the pond you fall) were held last week.

I was absolutely delighted to hear, while I was in Japan last week, that both Chris Morley (@ChrisRiffBeard), fellow condensed matter physicist (and, equally importantly, fellow metal fan), pictured below with his PhD supervisor, Mark Fromhold


… and Taleana Huff (fellow scanning probe microscopist and H:Si(100) surface fanatic) passed with flying colours and are now Dr. Morley and Dr. Huff, respectively. Well done, both!


The photo above is of Taleana with her PhD research supervisor, Bob Wolkow, and colleague Roshan Achal — who was awarded his PhD just days before Taleana; congratulations to you too, Roshan! — on the day of Taleana’s defence. (The photo was taken after the defence, as you may have guessed…)

I’ll congratulate Chris in person when I get back to Nottingham at the end of the week, and I’ll meet Taleana — for whose thesis I was external examiner — when I spend two weeks at the University of Alberta in March. I’ll leave you with Bob describing some of the pioneering research that formed just part of Taleana’s thesis…





Author: Philip Moriarty

Physicist. Metal fan. Father of three. Step-dad to be. Substantially worse half to my fiancée Lori, whose patience with my Spinal Tap obsession goes to far beyond 11...

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