David Fairlie
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David Fairlie

David B. Fairlie (born in South Queensferry, Scotland, 1935) is a British mathematician and theoretical physicists, Professor Emeritus at the University of Durham (UK).[1]

He was educated in mathematical physics at the University of Edinburgh (BSc 1957), and he earned a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1960, under the supervision of John Polkinghorne. After postdoctoral training at Princeton University and Cambridge, he was lecturer in St. Andrews (1962-64) and at Durham University (1964), retiring as Professor (2000).

He has made numerous influential contributions[2] in particle and mathematical physics, notably in the early formulation of string theory,[3] as well as the determination of the weak mixing angle in extra dimensions,[4] infinite-dimensional Lie algebras,[5] classical solutions of gauge theories, [6] higher-dimensional gauge theories,[7] and deformation quantization.[8]

He has co-authored several volumes, notably[9][10] on quantum mechanics in phase space.


  1. ^ Prof Fairlie's University of Durham web-page
  2. ^ Prof Fairlie's physics publications are available on the INSPIRE Database [1] and the GoogleCite database [2].
  3. ^ Fairlie, D. B.; Nielsen, H. B. (1970). "An analogue model for KSV theory". Nuclear Physics B. 20 (3): 637. Bibcode:1970NuPhB..20..637F. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(70)90393-7.; Corrigan, E.; Fairlie, D. B. (1975). "Off-shell states in dual resonance theory" (PDF). Nuclear Physics B. 91 (3): 527. Bibcode:1975NuPhB..91..527C. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(75)90125-X.
  4. ^ Fairlie, D. B. (1979). "Higgs fields and the determination of the Weinberg angle". Physics Letters B. 82: 97-100. Bibcode:1979PhLB...82...97F. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(79)90434-9.
  5. ^ Fairlie, D. B.; Fletcher, P.; Zachos, C. K. (1989). "Trigonometric structure constants for new infinite-dimensional algebras". Physics Letters B. 218 (2): 203. Bibcode:1989PhLB..218..203F. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(89)91418-4.
  6. ^ Corrigan, E.; Fairlie, D. B. (1977). "Scalar field theory and exact solutions to a classical SU (2) gauge theory". Physics Letters B. 67: 69. Bibcode:1977PhLB...67...69C. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(77)90808-5.
  7. ^ Corrigan, E.; Devchand, C.; Fairlie, D. B.; Nuyts, J. (1983). "First-order equations for gauge fields in spaces of dimension greater than four". Nuclear Physics B. 214 (3): 452. Bibcode:1983NuPhB.214..452C. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(83)90244-4.
  8. ^ Fairlie, D. B. (1964). "The formulation of quantum mechanics in terms of phase space functions". Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 60 (3): 581. Bibcode:1964PCPS...60..581F. doi:10.1017/S0305004100038068.
  9. ^ Cosmas K. Zachos, David B. Fairlie, and Thomas L. Curtright, Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2005) ISBN 978-981-238-384-6 [3].
  10. ^ Thomas L Curtright, David B Fairlie, Cosmas K Zachos, A Concise Treatise on Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2014) ISBN 9789814520430

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