Cyril Domb

About Cyril Domb

Who is it?: Theoretical Physicist
Birth Day: December 09, 1920
Birth Place: London, UK, British
Died On: 15 February 2012(2012-02-15) (aged 91)\nJerusalem, Israel
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Residence: UK Israel
Alma mater: Pembroke College, Cambridge
Known for: Gillis–Domb–Fisher random walk Domb–Sykes plot
Spouse(s): Shirley Galinsky
Awards: Max Born Prize (1981)
Fields: Theoretical physics Critical phenomena
Institutions: Admiralty Signal Establishment University of Cambridge Oxford University King's College London Bar-Ilan University
Doctoral advisor: Fred Hoyle
Other academic advisors: Robert Stoneley
Doctoral students: Michael Fisher Renfrey Potts
Influences: Paul Dirac

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Cyril Domb was bornon December 09, 1920 in London, UK, British, is Theoretical Physicist. Can religion and science ever be reconciled? This age-old question has had many a great mind baffled, but not Cyril Domb. The theoretical physicist best known for his works on phase transitions and critical phenomena of fluids was also an orthodox Jew deeply devoted to the religion of Judaism. As a young child he had been tutored in Jewish studies and thus religion became a major part of his life. A brilliant kid, he had always loved mathematics and was blessed with an excellent memory. He went to college on a scholarship and eventually became a professor of theoretical physics. He founded the British Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists as someone who was both a scientist and a highly religious Jew. Even though best known for his writings on Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, he was equally devoted in his efforts to prove to the world that science and religion need not be mutually exclusive of each other. Religion was never against science, and he wrote on a variety of topics reconciling the apparent differences between science and Judaism. He served as a professor for most of his life and was very much loved and respected by his students.
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Biography/Timeline

1920

Domb was born on 9 December 1920, the fourth day of Hanukkah, in North London to a Hasidic Jewish family. His father, Yoel, who had shortened his name from Dombrowski to Domb, was a native of Warsaw, while his mother, Sarah, was from Oświęcim, Poland. He was given the Hebrew name of Yechiel. His father and grandfather paid for tutors to educate him in classical Jewish studies, and he also attended shiurim (Torah classes) given by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler to young men in a nearby synagogue.

1941

Domb possessed both an excellent memory and skill in mathematics. At the age of 17 he won a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1941. He then joined the Admiralty Signal Establishment in Portsmouth as one of several young Scientists working on developing radar systems during World War II. Until that point, radar operators were only able to determine the distance of an approaching object; Domb's group worked out a method for determining the height of an object as well.

1949

After the war, Domb attended Cambridge University. He earned his PhD in 1949 with a doctoral thesis on "Order-Disorder Statistics". His doctoral advisor was Fred Hoyle.

1950

In the late 1950s, Domb helped found the British Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, based on the American model, and served as its President.

1952

Domb was a university lecturer in mathematics at Cambridge University between 1952 and 1954 and professor of theoretical physics at King's College London between 1954 and 1981. In the latter position, he became the youngest professor in London at that time.

1957

Domb married Shirley Galinsky in 1957; they had six children.

1961

Domb began writing his views reconciling the apparent contradictions between science and Judaism in 1961, when The Jewish Chronicle of London asked him for a 1000-word article on how Jewish teachings accord with the Big Bang and Steady State cosmological theories. This article gained the attention of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who began a correspondence with Domb and encouraged him to continue his efforts to show religious sceptics that there is no contradiction between science and such Torah concepts as the Genesis creation narrative and the Existence of God. Unlike the Rebbe, Domb gave credence to the theory of evolution, but held that this and other scientific theories were "only tentative summaries of our situation, whereas religion deals with what is right and what is wrong, and with many of the major driving forces in one's life". Domb went on to publish a collection of articles on science and religion in Challenge: Torah views on science and its problems (1976), which he co-edited with Rabbi Aryeh Carmell.

1972

In 1972 Domb began co-editing what would become a 20-volume series, Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, considered a classic in the field. After the death of his first co-editor, Melville S. Green, he worked with Joel Lebowitz.

1981

In 1981, at the age of 60, Domb took early retirement from Kings College and made aliyah to Israel, settling in the Bayit Vegan neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Between 1981 and 1989 he was professor of physics at Bar-Ilan University, boosting the prestige of the department and attracting leading physicists and students to it. In keeping with his interests in Torah study, he opened each staff meeting with a Dvar Torah (Torah thought), started a Daf Yomi shiur after afternoon prayers, and founded an academic journal, Journal of Torah and Scholarship. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, Yeshiva University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Weizmann Institute of Science, and academic President of Machon Lev, the Jerusalem College of Technology.

2011

In October 2011, the Journal of Statistical Physics published a tribute issue to Domb, commemorating his influence on the field of statistical physics.