Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Chair in Theoretical Physics



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Mrs Graziela De Nadai-Sowrey +44 (0)20 7594 7843




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Head of Theoretical Physics

I am a Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the Theoretical Physics Group. My principal research interests are focussed on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. Most recently I have been investigating whether string theory techniques can be used to study exotic states of matter that arise in condensed matter physics.

I have an Erdos-Bacon number of six (having written a paper with Shing-Tung Yau and appeared in the film Windrider with Nicole Kidman).

I was the theoretical physics consultant on the film "The Theory of Everything"

My career in a nutshell:

  • 1986 BSc University of Western Australia 
  • 1991 PhD University of Cambridge
  • 1991-1994 University of Chicago
  • 1994-1996 CALTECH
  • 1996-2003 Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2003-2004 Perimeter Institute
  • 2003-       Imperial College


Donos A, Gauntlett JP, 2016, Minimally packed phases in holography, Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2016, ISSN:1126-6708

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, Griffin T, et al., 2016, DC conductivity of magnetised holographic matter, Journal of High Energy Physics, ISSN:1029-8479

Gauntlett J, 2016, Thomas Kibble (1932-2016) Theoretical physicist and Higgs-boson pioneer. OBITUARY, Nature, Vol:534, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:622-622

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, 2015, The thermoelectric properties of inhomogeneous holographic lattices, Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2015, ISSN:1126-6708

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, Pantelidou C, 2015, Conformal field theories in d=4 with a helical twist, Physical Review D, Vol:91, ISSN:1550-7998

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