Cyril Domb

Cyril Domb
Cyril Domb
Born 9 December 1920
London, UK
Residence  UK
Nationality  British
Fields Physicist
Institutions Admiralty Signal Establishment
University of Cambridge
Oxford University
King's College London
Bar-Ilan University
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Doctoral advisor Fred Hoyle
Other academic advisors Robert Stoneley
Doctoral students Roger Bowers
Michael Fisher
Renfrey Potts
George Bell
Known for Gillis-Domb-Fisher random walk
Influences Paul Dirac
Notable awards Max Born prize (1982)

Cyril Domb (born 9 December 1920) is a physicist best known for his lecturing and writing on the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena of fluids. He is also known in the Orthodox Jewish world for his writings on Science and Judaism. He now lives in Israel.



He was 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. Domb was Professor of Physics at Bar-Ilan University between 1981-89 and is currently Professor Emeritus there. He was also Academic President of the Jerusalem College of Technology [1]. He was the recipient of the Max Born prize in 1981.

He is President of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. Professor Domb at the behest of the Lubavitcher Rebbe began to compile articles designed at reconciling purported contradictions between science and Judaism. The fruits of this labor began the proceedings of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and was published in the collections titled "Challenge" and "Encounter". He now resides with his wife Shirly in Israel together with their six children and numerous grandchildren.

Cyril Domb studied at Hackney Downs School and Pembroke College, Cambridge; his Doctoral advisor was Fred Hoyle [2].


On Science and Religion

Selected scientific publications

  • Domb, C. 1949. "Order-disorder Statistics II. A two-dimensional model.” Proc. Roy. Soc. A199: 199-221
  • Domb, C. 1960. “On the Theory of Cooperative Phenomena. “Adv. Phys., Phil. Mag. S9: 149-361
  • Domb, C. and Sykes, M.F. 1961. “Use of Series Expansions for the Ising Model Susceptibility and Excluded Volume Problem.” J. Math. Phys. 2: 63-67
  • Domb, C. and Green, M.S., Eds. 1972-1976. “Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena,” Vols. 1-6, London: Academic Press.
  • Domb, C. and Lebowitz, J.L., Eds. 1983-1994. “Phase Transitions and Critical Behavior,” Vols. 6-16, London: Academic Press
  • Domb, C. 1996 The Critical Point: A Historical Introduction to the Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena.” London: Taylor & Francis

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