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Emeritus Fellow
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Ken Riley read mathematics at Clare College and proceeded to a PhD there in theoretical and experimental nuclear physics. In 1961 he was elected to a Research Fellowship at the College, and, in 1963, to a lectureship at the Cavendish Laboratory. His subsequent research, carried out at Brookhaven NY, the Rutherford Laboratory, and Stanford was in the field of elementary particle physics. He also served as Clare’s Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor for twenty years.

Further Information

Dr Riley’s publications, other than research papers, are books on mathematics and physics, all published by Cambridge University Press:

Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (1974)
Problems for Physics Students (1982)
Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, 1st ed.(1998), 2nd ed. (2002), 3rd ed. (2006) with M.P.Hobson and S.J.Bence. [With Solution Manual]
200 Puzzling Physics Problems, (2001) with P.Gnädig and G.Honyek
200 More Puzzling Physics Problems, (2016) with P.Gnädig, G.Honyek and M.Vigh
Foundation Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (2011) and Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (2011), both with M.P. Hobson. [With Solution Manuals]
Physics Problems for Aspiring Physical Scientists and Engineers (2019)

In Loco Parentis: a light-hearted look at the role of a Cambridge Tutor. Privately printed, but available on the Clare College/Alumni/publications website.