Advice to a young researcher: with reminiscences of a life in science

J. Michael T. Thompson

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Abstract

This paper provides an informal guide to young researchers in science and engineering as they progress for their first 10 or so years from the time that they first started thinking about doing a PhD. This advice is drawn, with examples and anecdotes, from my own research career which started at the Cambridge Engineering Department in 1958, and progressed through 48 years at University College London to a part-time chair that I now hold in Aberdeen. I hope it may encourage and help tomorrow's scientists on whom the Earth's future very much depends.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20120425
Number of pages32
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
Volume371
Issue number1993
Early online date20 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • career advice
  • young scientists
  • pleasures of research
  • writing papers
  • spatially complex localization
  • resonance
  • dynamics
  • shells
  • chaos
  • rods

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Advice to a young researcher : with reminiscences of a life in science. / Thompson, J. Michael T.

In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol. 371, No. 1993, 20120425, 28.06.2013.

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