Professor Stephen Buckman

Stephen Buckman completed his PhD in Atomic Physics at Flinders University, South Australia in 1979. He spent several years as a Postdoc in the UK (Manchester) and US (JILA, University of Colorado) before returning to Australia in 1983 as a Research Fellow in the Atomic & Molecular Physics Laboratories at the Australian National University, where he established a research group in low energy electron physics and cold atom physics. He was Head of this Department between 1996-2001 and, from 2005-2012, was Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Antimatter Studies, which focused on positron interactions.  He served as Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering, the largest Physics School in Australia, from 2012 until his retirement in 2015. Current interests involve benchmark experimental studies of positron collisions with atoms and molecules, positron bound and quasi-bound states (resonances), positron and electron interactions with bio-systems, and developing positron beam technology for atomic, molecular and materials science studies. He has more than 220 publications in international refereed journals. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, The Institute of Physics, UK, and The Australian Institute of Physics. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his Service to Science.