Mathematician:Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble

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British theoretical physicist, mainly working in quantum field theory, especially the interface between high-energy particle physics and cosmology.

Best known as one of the first to describe the Higgs mechanism, and for his research on topological defects.

From the 1950s was concerned about the nuclear arms race.

From 1970 took leading roles in promoting the social responsibility of the scientist.

Senior research investigator at the Blackett Laboratory and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London.




  • Born: 23 December 1932 in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
  • Died: 2 June 2016


Also known as

Sir Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble was known informally as Tom Kibble.