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david-birdProfessor David Bird

Elected by Senate

David Bird joined the University of Bath in 1984 as a Lecturer in Physics, after completing his PhD at Cambridge and holding a research fellowship at Bristol. He was promoted to Reader in 1990 and Professor in 1995. He has been a member of the University Senate since 2004, has had two terms as Head of Department of Physics, from 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008, and was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2010 to 2016.

His research interests are in theoretical and computational physics, focussing on solutions of Schrodinger's equation in the context of the physics and chemistry of surfaces, and solutions of Maxwell's equations in the context of the propagation of light in photonic structures. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals; these papers have been cited over 3500 times. His current research is on the theory and modelling of hollow-core optical fibres, in collaboration with colleagues in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials. He has worked closely with EPSRC for several years and is a member of their Strategic Advisory Team for research infrastructure.

He is married with two daughters. He is a keen (but not particularly talented) violist, playing in the Bath Symphony Orchestra and a number of local chamber orchestras.