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William A. Bardeen (Ph.D. 1968, Advisor: S. Gasiorowicz)


My advisor was Professor Stephen Gasiorowicz. I received my Ph.D. in 1968 and then I was a postdoc at SUNY – Stony Brook, and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

I was an Assistant, then Associate Professor at Stanford University, and in 1975 I joined the staff of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and I worked there for thirty-five years and served as Head of the Theoretical Physics Department. I also worked as Head of Theoretical Physics at the SSC Laboratory during 1993-94 until its termination. In 1996 I was awarded the J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society for my work on anomalies and pertubative quantum chromodynamics. In 1985, I was awarded a John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for research on the application of quantum field theory to elementary particle physics. Previously, I received the Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship for research in theoretical physics. My graduate studies at the University of Minnesota were supported by the award of a NASA Traineeship. I held visiting appointments at a number of physics institutes around the world, including the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, the Max Planck Institute for Physics and astrophysics in Munich, Germany, the Research Institute for Fundamental Physics in Kyoto, Japan, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay, India, the University of Paris, the University of Valencia, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society and have been a member of the Editorial Boards of the Physical Review and the Journal of Mathematical Physics. I was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1984. I was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999. I also served as a Member and Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado. In 2010 I retired as a Scientist Emeritus of FermiLab. I live in Warrenville, Illinois with my wife Marge. We have two grown children, Chuck, an atmospheric scientist, and Karen, a high school chemistry teacher.