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Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Dean holds an Australian Research Council fellowship at the University of Sydney, where he works on the history and philosophy of modern physics. He primarily focuses on space, time, symmetry, and quantum gravity. He is currently engaged with projects on the early histories of quantum gravity and string theory. He also plays the piano and drinks endless cups of tea.


  • 2007–present
    ARC Senior Australian Research Fellow, The University of Sydney


  • 2005 
    University of Leeds, PhD


  • 2011
    The Role of Gravitation in Physics: Report from the 1957 Chapel Hill Conference (with Cecile DeWitt), Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Science,
  • 2008
    The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics, Ashgate,
  • 2007
    Symmetry, Structure, and Spacetime, North Holland: Elsevier,
  • 2006
    The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity (Co-edited with Steven French and Juha Saatsi), Oxford: Clarendon Press,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    The Development of Quantum Gravity
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields (2202)
  • Field Theory And String Theory (020602)