Murray Batchelor



I was born in Taree, NSW. I completed 1st Class Honours with a University Medal in Theoretical Physics at The University of New South Wales in 1983. After a PhD in Mathematics at ANU in 1987 I was a postdoc at Instituut Lorentz for Theoretical Physics in Leiden, The Netherlands.

On returning to Australia, much of my early research career was supported by the Australian Research Council, through a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship, two Senior Research Fellowships and an Australian Professorial Fellowship. 

I was awarded The Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal (1997) for outstanding research in physics and The Australian Mathematical Society Medal (1998) for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences. 

I was promoted to Professor at ANU in 2001 and have held visiting positions at the Universities of Amsterdam, Oxford and Tokyo. In 2013 I took up a 1000 Talent Professorship at Chongqing University in China. In 2013 I also held a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. 

From 2009-2103 I was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. Prior to this I was Mathematical Physics Section Editor (2007-2008) and a member of the Editorial Board (2005-2006). I have been Topical Reviews Editor since 2014. In 2007 I was a member of the Mathematical and Information Sciences and Technology Assessment Panel for the Australian Research Quality Framework. 

I am a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).

Research interests

My main research interests are in mathematical physics. Particularly the theory and application of integrable models in condensed matter, cold atoms and quantum devices. Beyond purely analytic methods I am also interested in the development of numerical approaches to quantum many-body problems. As a sideline I have also worked on developing mathematical models for the growth and form of stromatolites, and most recently ooids