School of Mathematics and Physics


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Dr Chris Dewdney

  • Qualifications: BSc (2.1) Physics and Philosophy. University of Warwick 1973 Diploma in History and Philosophy of Science. University of Cambridge 1974 PGCE (with distinction) Garnett College University of London 1980 PhD. On the Foundations of Quantum Theory. Birkbeck College University of London 1983
  • Role Title: Reader and Director of Undergraduate Physics
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Portsmouth Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842417
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


2014 - Elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Physics

1994 -  Reader in Theoretical Physics. University of Portsmouth

1986 - 1994 Senior Lecturer in Physics. University of Portsmouth.

1984 - 1986 Royal Society European Exchange Fellow in Foundations of Physics, Institut Henri Poincare. University Paris VI.

1978 - 1984 Lecturer in Science. The London Institute.

Teaching Responsibilities

I continue to direct the development and implementation of the new Physics degrees at Portsmouth. Currently I teach:

Year 1: Introduction to Computational Physics
Year 2: Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Year 3: Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, Projects and Group Projects

I have previously contributed to the Earth and Environmental Sciences degrees by introducing innovative new units in Global Climate Change, Environmental Hazards, Environmental Physics and Environmental Auditing and Risk Assessment. I have also taught the mathematics of Risk Assessment on a number of units.


Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: Further investigation and development of the approach to quantum mechanics developed by Louis de Broglie and David Bohm 

Physics of Environmental Processes

I am a member of the Institute of Physics Higher Education Committee and am developing a national collaborative group in Physics Education Research.


Research profile

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