Peter graduated from the University of Manchester with degrees in Physics; BSc (HONS) and a Ph.D. His is a Member of the Foundation of Physics, a Chartered Physicist and a member of the British Computing Society.

Peter has held various positions in both industry and academia including a Research Fellowship in the Dept. of Physics at the University of Liverpool from 1987 to date, he has also been a Governor of Manchester College University of Oxford since 1983. Peter is the author of ten books and around 120 research papers.

In 2005 he received an award for best paper at the V11 CASYS conference and in 2007 he and Vanessa shared the best paper award at CASYS V111.


BSc (Honors): Physics; University of Manchester, UK; 1970

PhD; Physics; University of Manchester, UK; 1975

MInstP 1986; CPhys 1986; MBCS 2004

Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool (1987 to date)
Governor / Honorary Governor, Manchester College, Oxford (1993 to date)

Previous appointments: Project Leader, ICI Mond Division, 1976-77, MD, NVA Ltd, 1977-81, Lecturer in Physics, etc, and other positions up to HoD, De La Salle College and Pendleton, College, Manchester, 1981-99


Fundamental symmetries foundational to physics, in particular a group structure relating the fundamental parameters space, time, mass and charge.

A universal rewrite system derived from the concept zero, in collaboration with computer scientist Bernard Diaz.

A nilpotent version of relativistic quantum mechanics, with significant applications in particle physics and cosmology.

Fundamental mathematical structures relating to physics and biology, in collaboration with biologist Vanessa Hill (Royal Holloway College, University of London).

Application of rewrite concept to analysis of large-scale systems in physics, biology, theoretical computing, etc., in collaboration with Peter Marcer.

Also work on history of science, including books and articles on Newton, Oliver Lodge, Frohlich, Rotblat, etc., and work on the epistemology of science (Why does physics work?).

Received award of best paper for Symposium on The Fundamental Semantic Foundations of the Sciences: Computational Rewrite Systems at VII CASYS Conference, Liege, 2005.

Received award of best paper for Symposium on Rewrite Science – the Universal Semantic Calclulus and Grammatical Cosmos at VIII CASYS Conference, Liege, 2007, with Vanessa Hill.


Oliver Lodge and the Liverpool Physical Society, Liverpool University Press, 1990.

Newton and the Concept of Mass-Energy, Liverpool University Press, 1990.

The Fundamental Parameters of Physics :: An Approach towards a Unified Theory, PD Publications, Liverpool , 1991.

Waves Versus Corpuscles: The Revolution That Never Was, PD Publications, Liverpool, 1992.

A Revolution Too Far: The Establishment of General Relativity, PD Publications, Liverpool, 1994.

Oliver Lodge and the Invention of Radio, PD Publications, Liverpool, 1994, editor with J. Patrick Wilson, and author of :: 'Preface' (with JPW),

'Radiowaves', 39-66, 'Radio begins in 1894', 75-114, 'Waves from the Sun', 125-136, 'The Significance of the aether', 137-144.

120 Years of Excellence, The Physics Department at The University of Liverpool 1881-2001, U-P L Communications, Liverpool, 2001.

Herbert Frohlich: A Physicist Ahead of His Time, editor, with G. J. Hyland, University of Liverpool, 2006.

War and Peace: The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Rotblat, editor, with T. V. Attwood, and author of 'Introduction', pp 5-20 (with TVA), and 'Sir Joseph Rotblat as Teacher and Research Director', pp 75-86, University of Liverpool, 2006.

125 Years of Excellence, The Physics Department at The University of Liverpool 1881-2006, PD Publications, Liverpool, 2006.

Zero to Infinity, World Scientific, Singapore, Hackensack, NJ, and London, October, 2007.