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




602BHuxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My principal research interests are focussed on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. I am also interested in the geometrical structures that arise in string theory as well the possibility of using string theory techniques 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)



Genolini PB, Gauntlett JP, Sparks J, 2024, Equivariant localization for AdS/CFT, Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2024

Benetti Genolini P, Gauntlett JP, Sparks J, 2023, Localizing wrapped M5-branes and gravitational blocks, Physical Review D, Vol:108, ISSN:2470-0010

Boido A, Gauntlett JP, Martelli D, et al., 2023, Gravitational Blocks, Spindles and GK Geometry, Communications in Mathematical Physics, Vol:403, ISSN:0010-3616, Pages:917-1003

Genolini PB, Gauntlett JP, Sparks J, 2023, Equivariant localization in supergravity, Physical Review Letters, Vol:131, ISSN:0031-9007

Boido A, Gauntlett JP, Martelli D, et al., 2023, Entropy functions for accelerating black holes, Physical Review Letters, Vol:130, ISSN:0031-9007

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