Cyril Isenberg

Cyril Isenberg MBE is an English physicist at the University of Kent, where he is an Honorary Lecturer.[1]

Isenberg is known for pioneering the analog computing possibilities of soap bubbles; in 2012, his 1976 article on the subject was one of a set of "classic articles" selected by American Scientist to celebrate their centennial.[2][3] He has also frequently given physics lectures to schoolchildren and appeared in television shows, and is the organizer of the British Physics Olympiad.[4] He is the author of books The Science of Soap Films and Soap Bubbles (Dover, 1978) and Physics Experiments and Projects for Students (with S. Chomet, Taylor & Francis, 1989 & 1996).

In 1994, Isenberg won the Bragg Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his contributions to physics education.[4][5] In 2008, he became a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[4]


  1. ^ Faculty directory, University of Kent, retrieved 2012-07-04.
  2. ^ Kent professor Dr Cyril Isenberg cleans up with soap suds theory, KentOnline, 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ Isenberg, Cyril (1976), "The soap film: an analogue computer", American Scientist, 64 (5): 514–518, Bibcode:1976AmSci..64..514I, JSTOR 27847462. Reprinted in American Scientist, May–June 2012, doi:10.1511/2012.96.1.
  4. ^ a b c Kent Physicist awarded MBE, University of Kent Faculty of Sciences, February 2008, retrieved 2012-07-04.
  5. ^ "Institute of Physics", The Independent, 29 January 1994, archived from the original on 25 January 2013, (Subscription required (help)).