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Professor Phil Woodruff - New Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Phil Woodruff Professor Phil Woodruff, a founding member of the Department of Physics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Phil graduated from Bristol University in 1965 and came to Warwick as a research student to join Professor John Forty, also from Bristol, as he set up the new Department of Physics.

He has remained at Warwick ever since and became a Professor in 1987.

He has won many prizes for his research into the science of surfaces and interfaces, notably the Max Plank Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung in 1994 (jointly with Alex Bradshaw), the Mott Medal and Prize of the UK Institute of Physics in 2003 and, in 2005, the triennially-awarded Surface Structure Prize of the International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces. He was also awarded an EPSRC Senior Fellowship between 1998 - 2003.

His research work on the properties of surfaces and interfaces has produced well over 400 papers in international research journals and two books, The Solid Liquid Interface (CUP 1973) and Modern Techniques of Surface Science with TA Delchar (CUP 1986).

Beginning in 1983 he has also co-edited an extensive series of research texts under the title the Chemical Physics of Solid Surfaces and Heterogeneous Catalysis and since 2001 has been the sole editor of that series.

The University is delighted that Phil has been elected, and Malcolm Cooper, Chair of the Department of Physics, summed up the feeling in saying "Phil's election as an FRS is richly deserved!"