Ogden at 20
Celebrating Ogden at 20
The creation of the Ogden Centre in 2002 marked the beginning of a new era for physics in Durham and in the UK. It provided the platform for the creation of what was later to become one of the main centres for research into the sciences of the Universe.
Sir Peter Ogden in conversation with Professor Carlos Frenk
In celebration of Ogden at 20, Sir Peter Ogden joined Ogden Professor Carlos Frenk for a conversation about what the Centre for Fundamental Physics has achieved so far, what’s next and his passion for encouraging more young people into physics.
Sir Peter Ogden, whose generous gifts have made our amazing facilities possible, is a Durham University Physics alumnus and entrepreneur who established The Ogden Trust in 1999.
History of the Ogden Centre West Building
Opened in 2017, this £11.5m research centre, the second building of the Ogden Centre, was designed by internationally renowned Studio Libeskind, the architectural practice behind the master plan for the World Trade Center redevelopment in New York.
What happens inside
The award-winning Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics is home to truly world leading work in Astronomy, Cosmology and Particle Physics, drawing together academics, students and researchers from across the globe. Our experts investigate the mysteries of the cosmos, from the birth of the Universe, to the origin of galaxies and the nature of elementary particles, dark matter and dark energy – there's plenty going on inside!
We’re active members of a global community of astrophysicists, cosmologists and particle physicists searching for answers to some of the biggest questions in physics today: What is the nature of matter? How do galaxies form? What are dark matter and dark energy? And what will be the ultimate fate of the universe?
Take a look at some of our research and find out more about how we’re making an impact in astronomy, healthcare, business and industry.
Celebrating 20 years of infinite possibilities
We’ve created an Ogden at 20 booklet outlining our top 10 research achievements, media highlights, legacies and Science Outreach work.
Our academics are world leaders in their field and contribute so much to the world of Physics. Learn more about our extraordinary team and recent awards:
Want to know more about what our students work on? Read their stories:
Astronomy and Cosmology at Durham
As part of our celebrations, Dr Jacob Kegerreis, who recently completed his PhD at Durham, was one of our speakers at a symposium about the five key questions Sir Peter Ogden posed when the Centre opened. In this video, he talks about his work on crashing planets together inside a supercomputer, communicating science to the public and role at NASA.
Ogden East Building
The original Ogden Centre East building was opened on 18 October 2002. The building was part-funded by and named in honour of millionaire internet entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, who studied at Durham and received a BSc in Physics in 1968 and later a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1971.