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Michael R. Pennington

Associate Director for Theoretical and Computational Physics

As the associate director for Theoretical and Computational Physics, Michael R. Pennington oversees a broad program of theoretical research in support of the physics studied by the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) experimental program.

Prior to joining Jefferson Lab in July 2010, Pennington had been a professor of mathematical sciences and physics and dean for Educational Outreach at the Durham University in England. Pennington began his career at Durham University in 1978 and held many leadership positions, including serving as head of the Department of Physics from 1999-2003, chair of the Physics Teaching & Learning Committee from 1999-2001 and chair of the University IT Strategy Working Group from 2007-2008. He was named dean for Educational Outreach in 2008.

Pennington received a bachelor’s degree in mathematical physics in 1968 from the University of Edinburgh. He received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1971 from Westfield College, University of London. His research focus is in the theoretical and phenomenological study of the strong nuclear force, and he has more than 185 publications to his credit.

In his career, Pennington has served a variety of international science groups, including participation as a member of the CERN SPS Committee and as a member of the DAΦNE Physics Working Group in Frascati, Italy.  Pennington also served as a member of Jefferson Lab’s Program Advisory Committee, a panel that reviews and selects experiments conducted at the laboratory.

Pennington also has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide from 1998-1999 and as a visiting scientist and Fulbright Scholar in the High Energy Theory group at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. He also has been a fellow in the Theory Division at CERN, a research associate at Rutherford Laboratory in England and a physicist in the high-energy theory group at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, CA.  In 2009, he was named an Outstanding Referee by the American Institute of Physics.