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Connor appointed Fellow of the Royal Society | 21/05/2010
Dr Jack Connor, a theoretical physicist at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Dr Connor is one of the world's most respected experts in the theory and modelling of the hot plasmas that are used in fusion energy research. During a career of over 40 years, he has made an influential contribution to the understanding of plasma behaviour, which is essential in developing fusion as a future energy source.
He is one of only 44 scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and Commonwealth to be chosen for this year's Fellowship. New Fellows are chosen for their scientific achievements and elected by existing Fellows. Dr Connor's citation reads:
“For his seminal contribution to a wide range of issues of fundamental importance to the success of magnetic confinement fusion, including the development of gyro-kinetic theory; prediction of the bootstrap current; dimensionless scaling laws; pressure limiting instabilities; and micro-stability and transport theory.”
Professor Steve Cowley, Head of Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, paid tribute to Dr Connor:
'Jack's insight and elegant mathematics has shaped the modern understanding of plasmas and fusion physics. Indeed the design of ITER owes much to Jack's theoretical advances.'