Tuesday, 11 April 2017
After 37 years of service to the Physics Department in exemplary research and teaching, Professor Rob Ballagh is retiring. Prof Ballagh joined the University in 1979 as a postdoctoral fellow and soon became the inaugural Beverly Fellow and then a Professor at Otago. He has held visiting Professorships and Fellowships at universities in Australia, the United States and Europe. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2000, and served on the Marsden Council. He is currently a Trustee of the Rutherford Foundation. Professor Ballagh has significantly contributed to the flourishing field of ultra-cold atomic physics, witnessing the creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the department, the first in the southern hemisphere. His research focus was in the field of quantum theory, in particular the interactions of atoms and radiation, and the behaviour of ultra-cold atomic gases.
Rob, the department wishes you the very best in your future adventures.