Awards and Honors
Physicist Peter Young receives Outstanding
By Tim Stephens
The Division of Physical and Biological Sciences has honored
Peter Young, professor of physics, with the Outstanding Faculty
Award for 2004-05. The award was made in recognition of Young's
distinguished research career, teaching excellence, and commitment
Young is a fellow of the American Physical Society and corecipient
of the 1985 Maxwell Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics.
In 2004, he received UCSC's Excellence in Teaching Award.
The author of nearly 200 papers on theoretical condensed matter
physics, Young studies phase transitions, with an emphasis on
using numerical techniques to give a physical understanding
of the problem. One area of interest is phase transitions in
random systems, particularly in the highly disordered magnetic
systems known as "spin glasses." The theory of quantum
phase transitions is another area of interest.
Young came to UCSC in 1984 from Imperial College London. He
earned his M.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University.
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