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About Myself

I'm a physicist (technically a postdoc) at the Theoretical Particle Physics Group in the School of Theoretical Physics of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS) in Ireland. I got my Ph.D. in Physics December 1994 from the University of California at Berkeley after having finished my undergraduate work in Physics and Mathematics at MIT in 1987. While at Berkeley, I worked with Bruno Zumino in the Theoretical Physics Group at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. From January through September 1995, I was a "poste rose" at the Center for Theoretical Physics (CPT) in the city of Marseille in the south of France, and I spent the next two years as a postdoc in the Department of Physics at the University of Miami, in sunny Florida.

My research has been in the field of quantum groups, Hopf algebras, noncommutative geometry, strings, Dp-branes and W-algebras; click here for a list of my preprints. You can also look at either my academic Curriculum Vitae (in HTML, Postscript or PDF) or my Resumé (in PostScript or PDF).

I was born on 19 October 1965 in Petersburg, Virginia, in the United States. However, my late father was an officer in the U.S. Army, so I've lived lots of places: Virginia, New Mexico, Kansas, California, Germany, South Korea, Massachusetts, Illinois, France, Florida, and now in Ireland. So if you ask me where I'm from, you'll get the answer "everywhere and nowhere".

What do I like?

I absolutely love music, particularly punk, techno and jazz. Since I have so many CDs and vinyl LPs, you'll have to click here if you'd like to see a list.

I also like Comix a lot. (Despite the name, "comix" are not always funny; in fact, they're often extremely dark or serious!) In the U.S., comix come in three kinds:
  • "Comic Strips": in general, these appear daily or weekly in a newspaper. Click here to see some which are available via the WWW.
  • "Comic Books": these appear monthly, and each one has about 25 pages. I personally prefer "alternative comix".
  • "Graphic Novels" or "Graphic Albums": these are the comix closest to the European "bandes dessinées". They're often just compilations of 5 or 6 individual comic books, but there are also many which contain an original story.
I'm a big fan of the cinema. I like the works of Luis Buñuel (Un Chien Andalou, Viridiana), Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times), Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin, ¡Qué Viva México!), Frederico Fellini (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Mystery Train), Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Ran), David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet), and Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons).

I also really like sports: soccer, American football, baseball, hockey, volleyball, and tennis. However, don't get the idea that I like all sports; there are some which I hate, like basketball, gymnastics, and skiing.

Other Things

Paul (the born pedestrian) WATTS

"The more you drive, the less intelligent you are."

Miller, Repo Man

Office Address:

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Theoretical Physics
10 Burlington Road
Dublin 4

Tel: +353-1-614 0148
Fax: +353-1-668 0561