Prof James A. Slevin

Experimental Physics

Emeritus Professor


Jim Slevin, Emeritus Professor, Maynoth University
FinstP, MRIA, Member Academia Europaea
Born 1940, Castlecaulfield, Co Tyrone

Secondary school, St Patrick’s College, Armagh
BSc,MSc (Queens University,Belfast), PhD (CUNY, New York)
Academic career

  • Physics Department, University of Stirling, Scotland (1970-85)
  • Experimental Physics Department, Maynooth University  (1985-2000); oversaw significant developments of the physics curriculum, including the design and construction of a new purpose-built building with a modern engineering workshop


  • Research mainly in atomic physics, with particular emphasis on particle interactions with atomic hydrogen.
  • Collaborated with research groups, including at the University of Aarhus, University College London (UCL) and Torun University (Poland) to carry out Hydrogen-AntiHydrogen experiments at CERN, home to the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Collaborated with research group at the University of Paris at Orsay for experiments involving He+-He collisions using an ion-photon coincidence technique.
  • Set up an experimental hydrogen facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena) to carry out measurements of benchmark cross-sections of importance in modelling planetary atmospheres.

Publications in international peer-reviewed journals

Over a 30 year research career, author of ca. 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including five in the American Physical Society flagship publication, Physical Review Letters 

Royal Irish Academy

Vice-President (1999-2000)
Science Secretary (2000-4)
Secretary (2004-5)
President (2005-8)

Commissioning Editor of the RIA’s

  • 'Judging' book series Volume I, Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter (won 3 Irish book awards and was a best seller.)
  • Art and Architecture - a five volume set by Rachel Moss, Nicola Figgis, Paula Murphy, Rolf Loeber, John Montague, Livia Hurley, Ellen Rowley, Catherine Marshall, and Peter Murray.