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Basil J. Hiley


Basil J. Hiley (born 1935), is a British quantum physicist and professor emeritus of the University of London. He received the Majorana Prize “Best person in physics” in 2012.

Long-time co-worker of David Bohm, Hiley is known for his work with Bohm on implicate orders and for his work on algebraic descriptions of quantum physics in terms of underlying symplectic and orthogonal Clifford algebras. Hiley co-authored the book The Undivided Universe with David Bohm, which is considered the main reference for Bohm's interpretation of quantum theory.

The work of Bohm and Hiley has been characterized as primarily addressing the question “whether we can have an adequate conception of the reality of a quantum system, be this causal or be it stochastic or be it of any other nature” and meeting the scientific challenge of providing a mathematical description of quantum systems that matches the idea of an implicate order.

Wigner-specific research

[1] Hiley, Basil J.: “On the Relationship Between the Wigner-Moyal and Bohm Approaches to Quantum Mechanics: A Step to a More General Theory?”, Foundations of Physics, Vol.40, No.4, p.356-367, 2010.

[2] Hiley, Basil J.: “Phase Space Description of Quantum Mechanics and Non-commutative Geometry: Wigner-Moyal and Bohm in a wider context”, in Beyond the Quantum, World Scientific, p.203-211, 2007.

Wigner-specific lectures

[1] Hiley, Basil J.: “Weak Measurements: Wigner-Moyal and Bohm in a New Light?”, Research talk from London Foundations Connection, 2012.


  • Emeritus Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Honorary Research Associate, University College London, UK


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