Professor James Sparks

Professor James Sparks

Professor James Sparks

MA, PhD (Cantab)

  • Professor of Mathematical Physics
  • Senior Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Tutorial Fellow, Oriel College

Personal Web Page

eMail: James [dot] Sparks [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
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Phone Number(s):

Reception: +44 1865 273525
Direct: +44 1865 615324

Office: N1.12

Departmental Address:

Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
United Kingdom

Research Interests: 

Mathematical physics, theoretical physics, geometry. More specifically I work on string theory, in particular supergravity, supersymmetric gauge theories and the AdS/CFT correspondence. I'm also interested in geometric structures that arise in string theory, notably special holonomy manifolds, Sasaki-Einstein manifolds, and generalized geometry.

Prizes, Awards and Scholarships: 

Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2007-2015, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2002-2004, Mayhew Prize 1999.

Major/Recent Publications: 

My publications may be found on SPIRES by clicking here.


I will be lecturing Part B Classical Mechanics in 2014/2015. I have previously lectured Part A courses on Quantum Theory and Electromagnetism.