Alan Martin
Born (1937-12-04) 4 December 1937 (age 85)[2]
Alma materUniversity College London BSc, PhD[2]
Scientific career
Doctoral students

Alan Douglas Martin FRS (born 4 December 1937) is a British physicist, currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Durham.[3]


Martin was educated at the Eltham College. He received his BSc (1958) and PhD (1962) degrees from the University College London.[2]


Martin is known for his research in the theory of elementary particles, which includes studies of mesic atoms, kaon physics, pi–pi scattering, hadron spectroscopy and the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. His work on the W boson and top quark was used in early collider experiments.

His ongoing projects include the determination of the parton distributions of the proton and studies in small x and diffractive physics, which are relevant to the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.

He is an author of well-known textbooks on particle physics. Quarks and Leptons, co-authored with Francis Halzen, is a standard text around the world.[4]

Awards and honours

Martin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004.[4] He was awarded the 2007 Max Born Medal and Prize for his pioneering research in the understanding of the strong interaction, in particular his theoretical work on the internal structure of the proton.[5]


  1. ^ Alan D. Martin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b c "Martin, Prof. Alan Douglas". Who's Who. Vol. 2017 (online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 17 December 2017. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  3. ^ Staff profile, Durham University, retrieved 2016-02-28
  4. ^ a b "Alan Martin". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the website where: "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.""Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Leading Durham physicist wins prestigious international award, Durham University