Ian Affleck

Ian Affleck
Born (1952-07-02) July 2, 1952 (age 66)
Alma materTrent University
Harvard University
Fellow (1987–2001)
Associate (2001–2008)
Fellow (2008–)
Scientific career
FieldsCondensed matter theory, superconductivity, quantum magnetism, quantum impurities
Doctoral advisorSidney R. Coleman

Ian Keith Affleck is a Canadian physicist specializing in condensed matter physics. He is (in 2013) Killam University Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia.


Affleck holds numerous awards including the 2006 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the 2014 DCMMP Brockhouse Medal.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.[4]

Ian Affleck currently studies theoretical aspects of condensed matter physics, including high temperature superconductivity, low dimensional magnetism, quantum dots and quantum wires.[5]

Ian Affleck has made many important contributions to theoretical and mathematical physics.[6] He began his career in high energy theory (HEP), and has successfully applied many techniques from HEP to condensed matter. In particular, he has applied conformal field theory techniques to low dimensional magnetism, Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems. In doing so, he enjoys finding "mathematically elegant solutions" to problems.[7] He is also a member of the CIFAR's Superconductivity Program and the Cosmology and Gravity Program.[8]


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  2. ^ "Ian Affleck". The University of British Columbia Department of Physics & Astronomy. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  3. ^ "New Fellows 2010". Royal Society. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. ^ "New Fellows 2010". Royal Society. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Ian Affleck". University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Professor Ian Affleck FRS". The Royal Society. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  7. ^ "2012 Lars Onsager Prize Recipient". American Physical Society Sites. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Ian Affleck". CIFAR Canadian Institute for advanced Research. Retrieved 11 March 2014.