Cambridge Portraits, Drawings


Dr Paul Davies


The portrait drawing was commissioned in August 2003 by Dr Christopher Kelly, Keeper of the College Pictures, Corpus Christi College Cambridge. The subject, Dr Davies, is Reader in Spectroscopy, Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry, Corpus Christi College. His work involves spectroscopy of gases and interfaces, particularly using infrared CW and pulsed (nanosecond and picosecond) lasers.

In the foreground of the portrait may be seen a potassium bromide salt prism, used in infrared spectroscopy. Under the prism are two books, chosen by Dr Davies. The upper one is "Infrared and Raman Spectra", one of the world - renowned series of textbooks by Nobel Prizewinner Gerhard Herzberg. Herzberg was one of the world's greatest spectroscopists, and died a few years ago at the age of 95. Below this is "Masters's Hist (History) of C.C.C." (Corpus Christi College) as a reference to Dr Davies' Fellowship of the College. The portrait was delivered to Corpus Christi College on Friday, 26th September 2003. Other portraits by Anthony Tyley in the collection of Corpus Christi College are of Dr David Maull, Dr Douglas Mills and Dr Fred Ratcliffe.

Dr Paul Davies

Reader in Spectroscopy, Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge;

Fellow and Director of  Studies,

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Pencil, 15" x 11", 2003 ©

Reproduced by kind permission of the Master and Fellows


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