David John Candlin

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David John Candlin (1928, Croydon, Surrey [1] - 4 December 2019 [2] ) was an English physicist. He was known for developing the path integral formulation of the Fermionic field, inventing Grassmann integration for this purpose. [3] He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1955, and wrote his influential paper on Grassmann integration shortly thereafter. He was later appointed a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh [4] and retired from this post in 1995. [5] He was at one time involved in collaborative work related to CERN. [6] [7] [8] [9]

In 1955 he married Rosemary Shaw, crystallographer and later computer scientist. [10]

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  2. The Scotsman (9 December 2019). "David John Candlin" . Retrieved 27 June 2021 via legacy.com.
  3. D.J. Candlin (1956). "On Sums over Trajectories for Systems With Fermi Statistics". Nuovo Cimento. 4 (2): 231–239. Bibcode:1956NCim....4..231C. doi:10.1007/BF02745446.
  4. A Community of Scholars: The Institute for Advanced Study, Faculty and Members 1930-1980
  5. Institute for Advanced Study
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  10. The Times, 6 Sep 1955, p1