It is striking that since the beginnings of the department in 1871, the years from 1871 to 1988 were spanned by just four Professors of Physics:
Another part of the Department's history is associated with John F and Peter J Wood. Father and son, they were both lecturers in the Department of Physics and consecutively they taught physics at Newcastle between 1924 and 1988 - an unbroken time of 64 years. This unique achievement is commemorated by the Wood Memorial Lecture.
Many other members of staff have contributed to the development of the department as it exists today. Notable amongst these retired members of staff are those Professors who have held chairs with titles other than Physics: