1957 - 1969: The early years
Eric Mendoza appointed from Bristol.
Low temperature work started.
Henry Hall arrived from Mond Lab, Cambridge.
Start of work on 3He.
Arrival of David Bunbury and Alan Boyle. Later Malcolm McCausland arrived.
The then Head of Department Sam Devons suggested using the newly discovered Mossbauer effect to measure gravitational red shift. This lead to a programme of research on hyperfine fields in (mainly magnetically ordered) solids.
Henry Hall was appointed to a chair.
Eric Mendoza started work towards a helium-3 dilution refrigerator.
Alan Boyle returned to Australia.
HEH produced the first successful dilution refrigerator simultaneously with Neganov at Dubna.
Jeff Ross joined the Mossbauer effect work. David Sandiford began work on type II superconductors.
Peter Lucas and Andrew Tyler completed PhDs on liquid helium and then joined the staff.
John Hook joined and started work on the proximity effect in superconductors.
1970 - 1979
HEH and JRH started experiments on the recently discovered superfluid 3He using CMN demagnetisation. PGJL and AT worked on critical phenomena in 3He-4He mixtures and thermal diffusion near the lambda point.
Nuclear refrigeration started at Manchester.
PGJL and AT worked on thermal convection in 3He-4He mixtures.
1980 - 1989
Work on neutron scattering began.
PGJL built a rotating cryostat for convection studies in 4He.
1990 - 1999
HEH and JRH construct a rotating cryostat for millikelvin work.
Henry Hall, David Bunbury, Malcolm McCausland and Jeff Ross retire.
Work on hyperfine fields in magnetically ordered solids cease owing to retirement.
John Hook was made professor.
PGJL visualised the first convection patterns in 4He.
Andrei Golov appointed to strengthen low temperature work.
2000 to present
Andre Geim and Irina Grigoreiva appointed.
Work on mesoscopic physics began.
John Hook died.
Sasha Grigorenko appointed.
Thanks to Henry Hall, Peter Lucas, Peter Mitchell and Andrei Golov for the above infomation.