Nevill F. Mott is born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, to Lilian Mary Reynolds and Charles Francis Mott. Both his parents are scientists who met while working under J. J. Thomson at Cavendish Laboratory. Early in his life, Mott's parents communicate to him the importance and excitement of physics. Her mother teaches him home until he is 10 years old.
Nevill F. Mott receives one third of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1977 along with Philip Warren Anderson and John Hasbrouck Van Vleck "for their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems".
The research for which Nevill F. Mott is awarded the Nobel Prize begins about 1965. Mott explores the conductivity of amorphous materials. Mott determines equations that describe the transitions that glass and other amorphous substances can make between electrically conductive states and insulating states, thereby functioning as semiconductors.
In 1948, Nevill F. Mott becomes Henry Overton Wills Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol and Director of the Henry Herbert Wills Physical Laboratory at Bristol.
Nevill F. Mott spends a year as a lecturer at Manchester University with W.L. Bragg. Here, he gives a course on wave mechanics.
Thanks to a grant from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Nevill F. Mott can study under N. Bohr at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen, where he meets many of the most eminent theoreticians of the period including Heisenberg and Pauli.
In Dec. 1923, N. F. Mott wins a scholarship for the St. John's College, Cambridge. In 1927, Mott earns his bachelor's with first class honours. In spite of his mathematical ability, he is interested in physical problems and takes a course of practical physics with G. F. Searle. In 1926, Mott begins his original research in theoretical physics under the supervision of R. H. Fowler. In 1927, he publishes his first paper on the application of wave mechanics to the scattering of charged particles.
Nevill F. Mott begins his formal education at Clifton College in Bristol, UK, where his mathematics teacher H. C. Beaven instils him the beauty of mathematics.
In 1933, Nevill F. Mott becomes professor of theoretical physics at the University of Bristol. There, under the influence of H. W. Skinner and H. Jones he works on solid-state physics, including studies of metals and metal alloys, semiconductors, and photographic emulsions. Mott plays a fundamental role in establishing Bristol as one of the foremost centres for solid-state physics.
Nevill F. Mott starts his research in theoretical physics under R. H. Fowler at the University of Cambridge.
After retirement, Nevill F. Mott lives in the village Aspley Guise, UK, very close to his son-in-law's family. During this period he writes the autobiography "A Life in Science."
Nevill F. Mott returns to Cambridge and works on the theory of scattering of the alpha particles.
Nevill F. Mott is Fellow and lecturer of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, UK.
Nevill F. Mott dies in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.
Mott is involved in military research since the beginning of World War II. From the end of 1940, Nevill F. Mott succeeds Blanckett as scientific advisor of the commanding officer of the British Army anti-aircraft Command and moves to Stanmore - a suburban area of the London Borough of Harrow, in northwest London. Since 1943, he is involved in various kinds of research in the London area. He works especially on the role of plastic deformation on the progression of fracture cracks.
Nevill F. Mott spends a term at the University of Göttingen, in order to do research under M. Born. Since Born is in poor health, Mott have no occasion to collaborate actively with Born and is very disappointed.
In 1954, Nevill F. Mott is appointed Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, a position he holds until 1971. He also serves as Master of Gonville and Caius College from 1959 to 1966. In 1962 he is also knighted.