Professor Mike Payne
Professor and Head of Theory of Condensed Matter, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
Prof Mike Payne is currently Head of TCM, has worked on first principles total energy calculations since 1985 and is the author of the first principles total energy pseudopotential code CASTEP. He was awarded the 1996 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and gave the 1998 Mott Lecture. He is responsible for many of the technical developments that have led to the widespread adoption of the total energy pseudopotential technique and has pioneered the application of this technique to a wide range of scientific problems from physics, chemistry, materials science, earth sciences and, most recently, biology.