Elected: 1986
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Geoffrey Vickers Marr FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.

Versatile physicist and pioneer of synchrotron radiation research
Geoff Marr was born in Haughton le Skerne, Darlington, County Durham, the son of John and Florrie (née Vickers). He was educated at Darlington Queen Elizabeth Grammar School before gaining a scholarship to the University of Manchester, where he studied physics under PMS Blackett FRS. Moving to post-graduate studies at the University of Reading, Geoff worked on the photoionization of metal vapours under the supervision of RW Ditchburn FRS. This set the direction for much of Geoff’s subsequent research on fundamentals of photoionization in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) region. It was during this time that Geoff met and married Jean Tebb, daughter of John and Ruth, also hailing from Darlington. After his PhD, Geoff, accompanied by Jean, took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, where his work assumed a more applied emphasis with studies of the spectroscopy of flames, and laboratory observation of spectra of triatomic carbon that are significant in astrophysics. At the end of the fellowship, Geoff and Jean, now with their first son Peter, moved to Montreal where Geoff joined the physics department at McGill University. This signalled a further change in research direction to microwave electron spin resonance spectroscopy in solids, and development work on solid-state masers. Read more about Geoff Marr