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John Papaloizou

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Nationality  United Kingdom
Name  John Papaloizou

Role  Physicist
Residence  United Kingdom
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Institutions  University of Cambridge
Alma mater  Queen Mary, University of London
Doctoral students  Tobias Heinemann, Hanno Rein
Education  Queen Mary University of London
Fields  Astronomy, Theoretical physics, Applied mathematics

John Christopher Baillie Papaloizou (born 1947) is a British theoretical physicist. Papaloizou is a professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. He works on the theory of accretion disks, with particular application to the formation of planets. He received his D.Phil. in 1972 from the University of Sussex under the supervision of Roger J. Tayler. The title of his thesis is The Vibrational Instability in Massive Stars.


He discovered the Papaloizou-Pringle instability together with Jim Pringle in 1984. Papaloizou also made major contributions in various areas such as the radial-orbit instability, toroidal modes in stars and different instabilities in accretion disks.

The asteroid 17063 Papaloizou is named after John Papaloizou.

Previous Students

  • Richard P. Nelson
  • Tobias Heinemann
  • Hanno Rein
  • Matthew Brown
  • Awards

    2004 Brouwer Award Winner


    John Papaloizou Wikipedia