Gillian Anne Gehring

Emeritus Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Sheffield




Emeritus Professor Gillian Gehring was born in Nottingham in 1941 and married Karl Gehring in 1968; they have two daughters.  She graduated with a BSc in Physics from Manchester University in 1962 and from Oxford University with a DPhil in theoretical physics in 1965.  After a short period as a postdoctoral researcher in Oxford and Berkeley she became a tutor in Physics in St Hugh’s College Oxford and a lecturer in theoretical physics in Oxford.  In 1989 she was appointed as a professor in physics at the University of Sheffield and became an Emeritus Professor in 2006.

She was awarded an OBE(Order of the British empire) in 2005  ‘For Services to Physics and to Equal Opportunities’ and in 2009 the Institute of Physics awarded her the  Mott Medal and Prize for her work in magnetism and also made her an Honorary Fellow.

Area of Interests

she is an active researcher in topics in magnetism.  She has been involved in both theoretical and experimental studies. Her current interests include magnetic properties of pure and doped oxides and the spin Seebeck effect.  More recently she has used her knowledge of the theory of magnetic spin systems to investigate various phase transitions in soft matter systems that can be represented in terms of pseudo-spins.