# Biographical Summary

## John Cardy

John Cardy received his BA (1968) in Mathematics and PhD (1971) in
Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University.
After postdoctoral studies at CERN, Geneva and the University of
California, Santa Barbara, he joined the faculty at Santa Barbara in
1977. In 1993 he moved to Oxford University, where until 2014 he was a Senior
Research Fellow at
All Souls College (now an Emeritus Fellow) and a Professor of
Theoretical Physics.
He is also an Honorary Fellow of
Downing College, Cambridge.
From 2015-2023 he was a Visitng Professor then a Research Physicist at
University of California, Berkeley.

Currently he resides in Sacramento, California USA.

His research prior to 1978 was in particle physics, in particular
the study of high-energy diffraction scattering.
After this, he applied methods of quantum field
theory and the renormalization group to condensed matter, especially to
critical phenomena in both pure and disordered equilibrium and
non-equilibrium systems. In the 1980s he helped develop the theory of
conformal invariance and its applications to these problems, ideas
which also had an impact in string theory and the physics of black holes.

In the 1990s he used conformal invariance to derive many exact
results in percolation and related probabilistic problems. This
helped inspire the work of mathematicians which was recognised by
the award of the Fields Medal to
Wendelin Werner in 2006, and to
Stas Smirnov in 2010.
More recently Professor Cardy has worked on questions of
quantum entanglement and non-equilibrium dynamics
in many-body systems.

He is a Fellow of the
Royal
Society, a recipient of the 2000
Dirac Medal
of the Institute of Physics, of the 2004
Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, of the 2010
Boltzmann Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics,
of the 2011 Dirac Medal and Prize of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics,
and of the 2024 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics..

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Updated July 2023.