Ed Hinds is a Royal Society Research Professor (since 2006) and a Chair in Physics (2002) at Imperial College London. He received his B.A. (1971) and D.Phil. (1974), both in Physics, from Oxford University. Before joining Imperial, Ed worked at Columbia (1975-1976), Yale (1976-1995) and University of Sussex (1995-2002). He is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Cold Matter at Imperial College.
Awards include Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1981), SERC Visiting Fellow, Oxford University (1985), Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford (1992), Royal Society Visiting Professor, Oxford University (1992), Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow (1998), Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (1998), EPSRC Senior Research Fellow (1999), Fellow of the APS, IoP, OSA and the Royal Society, Royal Society Research Professor (2006), IoP Thomson Medal and Prize (2008), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2008), ERC Advanced Grant (2012), IoP Faraday Medal and Prize (2013).
Ed’s aim is to study fundamental problems in physics and to develop new methods for producing and manipulating cold atoms and molecules, leading to new technology. His work can be described under three headings: (i) Quantum manipulation of atoms and photons on atom chips; (ii) Production and applications of cold molecules; (iii) Tests of fundamental physical laws, especially measurement of the electron’s electric dipole moment (i.e. its shape). His world-leading group has made huge progress on all three of these fronts.