Transforming Physics at Cambridge

The new Cavendish Laboratory will house some of the most advanced, controlled experimental environments in the world.

Transforming Physics at Cambridge

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The new Cavendish Laboratory lets us reimagine how we achieve scientific progress.

The unique teaching and research environment of the Cavendish Laboratory has been a beacon for some of the greatest minds in science, attracting researchers who have transformed our understanding of the physical world. World-class scientists need world-class facilities. Increasingly, it is only at the very cutting edge of experimental observation and theoretical simulation that the most profound advances can be made.

In honour of an extraordinary gift from the Dolby family towards this vision, the flagship building of the Cavendish Laboratory will be named the Ray Dolby Centre.

Housing state of the art, sensitive experimental environments and offering inspired teaching, it will be a world-class facility for hundreds of academics, researchers and students. Incorporating new disciplines and major initiatives in – for example – the generation, transmission, storage and use of energy, the Dolby Centre will drive the next chapter in pioneering advances and the development of new fields of knowledge.

  • Research activity
  • Facilities
  • Auditoriums

In addition to serving as a home for physics research at Cambridge, the new Cavendish Laboratory will be a major asset for the nation. Much of the specialised research equipment in the new building will be made available to other institutions.

Many of the most significant advances in physics have come from the discovery space between traditional disciplines. With this in mind, an interdisciplinary approach is embedded in the design of the new Laboratory. The Laboratory sits amongst Europe’s largest concentration of science and technology facilities and expertise, within the West Cambridge Innovation District, and is ideally placed to drive collaboration and strengthen ties between research communities.

This is one of the most important and ambitious capital initiatives ever embarked upon by the University. Visionary philanthropy from the Dolby family and additional benefactors, together with funding from the UK government and the University, has taken us a huge leap forwards in achieving our vision. But additional funding is needed to complete and equip the new laboratory. It represents a rare opportunity to realise cutting edge research possibilities, founded on innovation in scientific research strategy combined with investment in globally-leading people and facilities.

Join us in building the new home for the next era of world-changing discovery.

You can support the completion of the new Cavendish Laboratory by making a donation online, or to explore further giving opportunities please contact Josh Bowerman:

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Cavendish Laboratory - Department of Physics
The Department of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory carries out a range of research into biological, extreme, materials and quantum physics themes, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. This diversity of approach allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas and synergies for the analysis of physics problems.