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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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 was Head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial from 2011-2016.

I was the theoretical physics consultant for the film The Theory of Everything

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 gave a public talk at the Royal Institution in 2017 titled Black Holes and the Fundamental Laws of Physics

I am an Editor for the Journal of High Energy Physics

My career in a nutshell:

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



Arav I, Gauntlett JP, Roberts MM, et al., 2021, Marginal deformations and RG flows for type IIB S-folds, The Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2021, ISSN:1029-8479, Pages:1-41

Arav I, Cheung KCM, Gauntlett JP, et al., 2021, A new family of AdS4 S-folds in type IIB string theory, The Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2021, ISSN:1029-8479, Pages:1-49

Ferrero P, Gauntlett JP, Ipiña JMP, et al., 2021, D3-branes wrapped on a spindle, Physical Review Letters, Vol:126, ISSN:0031-9007

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