Neil Ashcroft

Neil William Ashcroft (born 27 November 1938 in London) is a British solid-state physicist.

Neil Ashcroft
Neil William Ashcroft

(1938-11-27) 27 November 1938 (age 81)
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisThe Fermi surface and transport properties of metals (1965)
Doctoral studentsRaymond E. Goldstein[1][2]


Ashcroft completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Zealand (Bachelor 1958) received his PhD in 1964 from the University of Cambridge for research investigating the Fermi surfaces of metals.[3][4]


Following his PhD, Ashcroft completed postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago and at Cornell University, where he became a Professor in 1975. In 1990 he was named the Horace White Professor of Physics, and was elected to emeritus status in 2006.

He served as the director for the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University (1979-1984), the director for the Cornell Center for Materials Research (1997-2000), and as the deputy director for the High Energy Synchrotron Source (1990-1997).[5]

Between 1986 and 1987, he served as the head of the Condensed Matter division of the American Physical Society. His textbook on solid-state physics, written with N. David Mermin, is a standard text in the field.[6][7]

Awards and honoursEdit

Since 1997, he has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Goldstein, Raymond Ethan (1988). Studies of phase transitions and critical phenomena: I. Origin of broken particle-hole symmetry in critical fluids. II. Phase transitions of interacting membranes (PhD thesis). Cornell University. OCLC 892818953.
  2. ^ Neil Ashcroft at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Ashcroft, Neil William (1965). The Fermi surface and transport properties of metals (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 13919109.
  4. ^ Biography of Neil Ashcroft from the American Physical Society
  5. ^ Cornell Physics faculty biography
  6. ^ Solid State Physics. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York NY u. a. 1976, ISBN 0-03-049346-3 .
  7. ^ Smoluchowski, R. (January 1977). "Review: Solid State Physics by N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin". Physics Today. 30 (1): 61–65. doi:10.1063/1.3037370.