Professor Duff gained his PhD in theoretical physics in 1972 at Imperial College under Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam.
He returned to Imperial College as a member of staff in 1979, taking leave of absence to visit the Theory Division at CERN, first in 1982 and then again as a Staff Member from 1984 to 1987 when he became Senior Physicist. He took up his professorship at Texas A&M University in 1988 and was appointed Distinguished Professor in 1992. In 1999 he became Oskar Klein Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and was elected to serve as first Director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics 2000-2005. In 2005 he returned once more to Imperial where he has served as Principal of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Abdus Salam Professor of Theoretical Physics. He is now Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial and Visiting Professor in Mathematics at Oxford. He holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellowship.
Michael's interests lie in unified theories of the elementary particles, quantum gravity, supergravity, Kaluza-Klein theory, superstrings, supermembranes, M-theory and quantum information theory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Recipient of the 2004 Meeting Gold Medal, El Colegio Nacional, Mexico, the 2017 Paul Dirac Gold Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, UK and the 2018 Trotter Prize. He was inducted as 2019 Faculty Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, Texas A&M University.
Borsten L, Duff MJ, Marrani A, 2019, Twin conformal field theories, Journal of High Energy Physics, ISSN:1029-8479
et al., 2018, Gravity as gauge theory squared: a ghost story, Physical Review Letters, Vol:121, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2018, Are all supergravity theories Yang-Mills squared?, Nuclear Physics B, Vol:934, ISSN:0550-3213, Pages:606-633
et al., 2017, Twin supergravities from Yang-Mills theory squared, Physical Review D, Vol:96, ISSN:2470-0010
Duff MJ, 2017, Abdus Salam at Imperial College, International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol:32, ISSN:0217-751X