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C. Lewis Cocke



1940 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Cocke, C. Lewis



C. Lewis Cocke is an atomic physicist who researches energetic ion-atom collisions, momentum imaging, and recoil ion production. He also is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. His other institutional affiliations include California Institute of Technology and Institut de Recherches Nucléaires.

Important Dates


1962Obtained AB, Haverford College, Haverford (Pa. : Township).

1967Obtained PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1967 – 1969National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow (1967-1968) and Research Associate (1968-1969), Institut de Recherches Nucléaires, Strasbourg.

1969 – presentAssistant Professor (1969-1974); Associate Professor (1974-1979); Professor (1979-1997); University Distinguished Professor (1997-2011); and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus (2011-present), Kansas State University, Manhattan (Kan.).

1972Research Associate, California Institute of Technology.

1977 – 1978Visiting Professor, University of Aarhaus.

1983 – 1984Member, Physics Survey Committee, Panel on Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, National Research Council.

1986 – 1988Member, Panel on Scientific Opportunities for the use of Cooled Heavy Ion Storage Rings, National Research Council.

2003 – 2004Member, Committee on Atomic Molecular and Optical Science, National Research Council.

2006Awarded Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, American Physical Society.


Nuclear physicist.


Undergraduate Education

Haverford (Pa. : Township)

Graduate Education

Pasadena (Calif.)


Manhattan (Kan.)


Atomic and molecular physics.

Collisions (Nuclear physics).


Nuclear physics.



Major Positions

Aarhus universitet

Visiting Professor.

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Obtained PhD in (Physics) 1967 and Research Associate.

Institut de recherches nucléaires

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Strasbourg.

Kansas State University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Physical Society

Received 2006 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics.

Haverford College

Obtained AB in 1962.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Committee on Atomic Molecular and Optical Science; Member, Panel on Scientific Opportunities for the use of Cooled Heavy Ion Storage Rings; and Member, Physics Survey Committee, Panel on Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics.