Sad News - Professor Archie Campbell

It is with great sadness that we have to inform the College that our Fellow, Professor Archie Campbell, died on Thursday 21st November 2019. Campbell

Archie was admitted to the Fellowship in 1966 and has remained a Fellow ever since.  The College celebrated the anniversary of his ’50 years a Fellow’ with great enjoyment in February 2016.  He has been a deeply admired and respected member of the College community and held in great affection by many.  His directness and sense of fun enlivened many College discussions, whether over lunch or indeed at Governing Body!  He has worked tirelessly in many roles for the College including acting as Tutor, serving as Vice-Master from 2003 to 2007 and, more recently, chairing the JRF Scrutiny Committee and the Fellows’ Committee.

He was appointed a University Lecturer in the Department of Engineering in 1974 and was a Professor of Electromagnetism in the University of Cambridge, also serving the University as Pro-Proctor from 1985 to 1986 and then Proctor from  1986 to 1987.

Archie had a long and distinguished career in his field, spanning over 40 years.  He pioneered the so-called Campbell technique for investigating the penetration of flux in bulk superconductors and, together with late Prof. Jan Evetts, authored in 1972 the subject-defining monograph “Flux pinning in Type II superconductors” (Adv. Phys. 21, 199, 1972).  Upon on his retirement from the Department of Engineering in September 2007, the ‘Campbell Conference’ was held to recognise his significant contributions to studies of flux pinning in Type II superconductors, ac losses and understanding of the critical state in superconducting materials.