The Dirac Lectures

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was one of the great physicists of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of both quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The Dirac equation, which describes relativistic, fundamental particles such as the electron, and predicted the existence of anti-matter, stands as one of the most astonishing and beautiful equations of physics. 

Paul Dirac came to St John's College, Cambridge in 1923 to read for a PhD in Mathematical Physics. He later become a fellow of St John's and held the Lucasian chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. 

The annual Dirac Lecture was established jointly by St John's College and the University of Cambridge's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. This webpage contains the list of Dirac lectures, together with videos of many of their talks and other material. 

The Dirac Lecturers

2018 Nathan Seiberg Symmetries, Duality and the Unity of Physics
2017 Helen Quinn Antimatter: Dirac's Incredible Prediction and its Consequences
2016 Michael Green Too Beautiful to be False
2015 Michael Atiyah What is an Electron?
2014 Peter Goddard Paul Dirac and the Development of Quantum Field Theory
2013 Francois Englert The Brout-Englert-Higgs Mechanism and its Scalar Boson
2012 John Ellis Is the End of the Standard Model Nigh?
2011 Ludwig Faddeev The Nature of True Mathematical Physics
2010 Leo Kadanoff Phase Transitions: Scaling, Universality and Renormalization
2009 Alexander Polyakov From Plato to Quarks and Back
2008 Frank Wilczek New Kinds of Quantum Statistics
2007 Michael Berry Hamilton's Diabolical Symmetry
2006 Jeffrey Goldstone Broken Symmetry
2005 Ashoke Sen Black Holes and the Spectrum of String Theory
2004 David Olive The Eternal Magnetic Monopole
2003 Freeman Dyson Reasons why Planets may not be the Best Places to Look for Life
2002 Dirac Centennial
Monica Dirac Paul Dirac - My Father
Edward Witten The Search for Supersymmetry
Michael Atiyah The Mystery of Spin
Stephen Hawking Godel and the End of Physics
Peter Goddard Beauty in Equations: Aspects of Dirac's Life and Work
2000 Tom Kibble Cosmology in the Laboratory
1999 David Gross From QED to QCD
1998 Bruno Zumino Supersymmetry and the Dirac Monopole
1997 Gerard 't Hooft The Dark Side of Black Holes and Elementary Particle Physics
1996 Abraham Pais Paul Dirac: Aspects of his Life and Work
1995 Kip Thorne General Relativity: Looking to the Future
1994 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Soft Interfaces
1993 Sidney Coleman Quantum Mechanics with the Gloves Off
1992 Rudolf Peierls Broken Symmetries
1991 Edward Witten Quantum Gravity in Various Dimensions
1990 Murray Gell-Mann Simplicity and Complexity
1988 John Bell First and Second Class Difficulties in Quantum Mechanics
1988 Abdus Salam Unification of Fundamental Forces
1986 Steven Weinberg Towards the Final Laws of Physics
1986 Richard Feynman The Reason for Antiparticles