Richard Forbes' Personal Pages

EurIng Dr Richard G. Forbes,
Visiting Reader in Applied Electrophysics
MA, PhD, DSc,
CEng, CSci, CPhys,

Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences



EurIng Dr Richard G Forbes studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a Tripos Prize, a Senior Scholarship and a Research Scholarship. He specialised in his first degree in Physics (Theoretical Option), and did his PhD research in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science in Cambridge, initially under the supervision of Sir Alan Cottrell, FRS. He did postdoctoral work at Aston University, subsequently becoming a Lecturer in Physics. He moved to Surrey University in 1983, becoming Reader in Applied Electrophysics in the University's Advanced Technology Institute, which is associated with the School of Electronics and Physical Sciences.  He is now a Visiting Reader.

Dr Forbes has worked in the general area of charged surfaces, field electron emission and field-ion emission for about forty years, and is well known internationally in this area, for which a modern name might be 'Nanoscale Electrical Science'. Major recent interests have been in the theory of field electron emission, in the theory of liquid metal ion sources,  and in the theory of field evaporation.

He was awarded his DSc in 1983 for work on charged surfaces and field ion emission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and of the Institute of Nanotechnology, and has recently been elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.  He has published over 130 papers, and has made over 340 conference presentations. He was President of the International Field Emission Society from 1996 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2006, and is currently Vice-President.

Dr Forbes has been an elected member of the Senate and Council of Surrey University, and on numerous university committees. His main external interests are in the encouragement of practical engineering activities in schools; he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees/Directors of the Surrey SATRO.

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Last updated:  20th October 2006