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About Jack Dodd and Dan Walls


The Dodd-Walls Centre is named after the two contrasting personalities responsible for the prominent international standing of New Zealand Physics in Quantum Optics, Photonics and Ultra-Cold atoms. They were both the sort of person you notice immediately upon entering a room, but in characteristically different ways:

 
Professor Jack Dodd

Jack Dodd was a man of great charisma and personal charm, a lively, witty man; one might say even, a professor of the old school. Nevertheless a man who did the first experiments which demonstrated the phenomenon of "quantum beats", and gave the theoretical explanation for them.

 
Professor Dan Walls

Dan Walls, in contrast, impressed immediately by the power of his personality and his personal conviction of the importance of quantum mechanics, of New Zealand and by his absolutely uncompromising view that he would not only do research of international standard in New Zealand, but also of world leading standard, and that the New Zealand science system would have to adapt to this point of view, sooner rather than later. The depth of this conviction became a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading to the current recognition of New Zealand as one of the leading countries in Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Ultra-Cold Atoms.