Professor Michael Woolfson

Michael Mark Woolfson (born 9 January 1927) is a British physicist and planetary scientist. He attended Hackney Downs School 1938-40 and then moved to Wellingborough Grammar School. His research interests lie in the fields of x-ray crystallography, biophysics and the formation of stars and planets.

He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford and received his PhD from UMIST. He was a research assistant at UMIST 1950-52 and at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 1952-54. He was an ICI Fellow, University of Cambridge, 1954-55. At UMIST he was a lecturer, 1955-61, and a Reader, 1961-65. He was Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1965-94 University of York and head of the Department of Physics, 1982-87. He is now professor Emeritus.

In 2002 it was announced that the sixth Ewald Prize had been awarded to Professor Michael M. Woolfson (Physics Department, University of York, York, UK) for his exceptional contributions in developing the conceptual and theoretical framework of direct methods along with the algorithm design and computer programs for automatic solutions that changed the face of structural science and for his contributions to crystallographic education and international collaboration, which have strengthened the intellectual development of crystallographers worldwide.