Rex Godby
Professor of Theoretical Physics

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MA, PhD (Cambridge), CPhys, FInstP

Summary of expertise

  • Quantum Dynamics of Interacting Electrons in Matter
  • Ab-initio Many-Body Theory
  • Density-Functional Theory

Departmental roles

Chair, Board of Examiners



Research group: Condensed Matter Physics

Many-electron quantum mechanics


  • Quantum Dynamics of Interacting Electrons in Matter
  • Fundamentals of Density-Functional Theory
  • Ab-initio Many-Body Theory

Research group(s)

  • Condensed Matter Physics Institute

Information on my group, our research topics, and a full list of our publications are available on my personal web page.


- My own research group
- Colleagues in the York Condensed Matter Physics Institute
- Dr Matt Hodgson, Max Planck Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle, Germany
- Numerous colleagues in the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility <>

Available PhD research projects

PhD projects are usually available in one or more of the following areas of theoretical condensed-matter physics:

  • quantum dynamics of interacting electrons
  • fundamentals of density-functional theory
  • many-body perturbation theory

See my web site for information about our recent work in these areas.


  • Dr Leopold Talirz (postdoctoral research fellow)
  • Mr Jack Wetherell (PhD student)
  • Mr Mike Entwistle (PhD student)
  • Summer students and MPhys/BSc project students as listed on my personal web page



  • Statistical Mechanics (third-year undergraduate course)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (fourth-year undergraduate course) 
  • First-year tutorials in Newtonian Mechanics and Physics of Matter - Frontiers of Research (third year)
  • Computer Algebra (part of Professional Skills I, first year) 
  • MPhys and BSc research projects in theoretical condensed-matter physics


  • Advanced Solid State Physics I (Graduate course)

Rex Godby

Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322231
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Web: Personal page
Room: P/CE06

External activities


  • Steering Committee, European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics