On August 27th, 2014 Ralph Kenna — member of the Editorial Board of "Condensed Matter Physics"
and renowned expert in the fields of statistical physics and complex systems — celebrated his 50th birthday.
Ralph Kenna was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland. After obtaining a BSc and Master’s
degree at Trinity College Dublin in 1988, he won a scholarship for postgraduate studies in Austria funded
by the European Council. His PhD studies at the University of Graz (with Professor Christian Lang) were
further supported by the Austrian Research Fund. He was awarded by the University of Graz and defended
his dissertation (Dr. rer. nat., with distinction) in 1993. Subsequently, he was an EU Marie Curie
Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool (1994-1997) and at Trinity College Dublin (1997-1999). He
began lecturing in Trinity College from 1998-2002. Since 2002 he is affiliated to Coventry University (England),
first as a senior lecturer, then a reader, and since 2012 as a full professor. In 2005 he co-founded
the Applied Mathematics Research Centre in Coventry University.