Piper Fowler-Wright

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About Me

Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in 2019, I took the Cambridge Part III course (MASt) before joining the Keeling and Lovett groups at St-Andrews in August 2020. I am currently working towards a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics.


The best way to get in touch with me is via my institutional email, pfw1@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Please see my Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests

Linux system administration and software carpentry

I currently hold a Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 qualification for the deployment and administration of Linux systems and networks—get in touch if you want to find out more. You may also like to have a look at the Udemy Course I run for the certification (Udemy's pricing structure is loathsome but I typically have a number of discount or free course codes to give out each month, so please do ask).

I am also a certified instructor for The Carpentries community and regularly teach at workshops in St Andrews for this initiative. A list of upcoming workshops is available on The Carpentries website as well common lesson material.


SUCH 2023

My most recent adventure was the fourth edition of the Swiss Ultracycling Challenge or SUCH, a 1,000km free-route bike race around the cantons of Switzerland. Follow this link for a full ride report with photos. It's a good 'un!

Colorado 2023

In June 2023 I did a short cycling tour of the Colorado Rocky Mountains off the back of a research conference I attended at the Telluride Science & Innovation Center. The route and a diary entries from each day of the tour may be found on this page.

Edinburgh-Munich-Edinburgh 2022

In September 2022 I cycled to Munich and back to attend a research conference, Molecular Polaritonics. You can find a summary of the route and a collection of my notes from each day's riding here. A a short article on my adventure was also published in issue 159 (Spring 2023) of Arrivée, the magazine for Audax UK members.

Lecture Notes

National 5 Physics (2022-2023)

Part III Mathematics (2019-2020)


Part III Seminar Series (2019-2020)

Cycling Fife

If I'm not studying I'm likely out exploring the countryside on two wheels. As I set about discovering north and east Fife I'm intending to collate notable routes here.

Using the heatmap layer from Google's visualisation library and a bit of ImageMagick, I created a timelapse of the gpx data from my first 30 days in Fife: Get some popcorn!

Have an annual distance goal? You can use this simple calculator to work out how much you need to cover each month, week or day.

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