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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Christopher Henry Greene

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Dates

August 1, 1954 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Greene, Christopher Henry

Additional Forms of Names

Greene, Christopher H.

Biography

Abstract

Christopher H. Greene is Distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University (2012-present). Other institutional affiliations include the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research interests include electron correlations in atoms and small molecules and threshold laws in photoabsorption.

Important Dates

August 1, 1954Birth, Lincoln (Neb.).

1976Obtinaed BS, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Neb.).

1977Obtained MS, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1980Obtained PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1980 – 1981Research Associate, Stanford University.

1981 – 1988Assistant Professor of Physics (1981-1984) and Associate Professor to Professor of Physics (1984-1988), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (La.).

1989 – 2006Fellow (1989-2011); Director, Center for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (1991-1999); and Chair (2005-2006), Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), Boulder (Colo.).

1989 – 2012Professor of Physics (1989-2011) and Arts and Sciences College Professor of Distinction (2011-2012), University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder (Colo.).

1990Fellow, American Physical Society.

1991Awarded I. I Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, American Physical Society.

2002 – 2003Chair, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, American Physical Society.

2010Awarded Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, American Physical Society.

2012 – presentDistinguished Professor of Physics, Purdue University.

Occupation

Atomic physicist.

Places

Birth

Lincoln (Neb.)

Undergraduate Education

Lincoln (Neb.)

Graduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Employment

Baton Rouge (La.)

Boulder (Colo.)

Subjects

Atomic and molecular physics.

Electrons -- Scattering.

Optical physics and engineering.

Photoabsorption.

Relationships

People

Family

Greene, Claudia A. Mueller

Wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Fano, Ugo

PhD advisor at University of Chicago, "Doubly-excited states of the alkaline earth atoms."

Zare, Richard N.

Postdoctoral advisor in Chemistry Department working on the alignment and orientation of photofragments and the theory of laser-induced fluorescense.

Colleagues

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bloch, Felix, 1905-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Cabrera, Blas

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at Stanford University.

Clark, N. A. (Noel Anthony), 1940-

Both employed at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Cornell, Eric Allin, 1961-

Both employed at University of Colorado, Boulder and Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Dunn, G. H. (Gordon H.), 1932-

Both employed at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Fairbank, William Martin, 1917-1989

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fetter, Alexander L., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hall, J. L. (John L.), 1934-

Both employed at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at Stanford University.

Jin, Deborah S.

Both employed at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kirkpatrick, Paul

Both employed at Stanford University.

Meyerhof, Walter E. (Walter Ernst), 1922-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Murnane, Margaret

Both employed at University of Colorado, Boulder and Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Susskind, Leonard

Both employed at Stanford University.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Stanford University.

Walecka, John Dirk, 1932-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Wieman, C. E. (Carl Edwin)

Both employed at University of Colorado, Boulder and Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Will, Clifford M., 1946-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Wojcicki, Stanley G., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Ye, Jun, 1967-

Both employed at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA).

Institutions

Major Positions

Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics

Fellow; Director, Center for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; and Chair.

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor of Physics and Associate Professor to Professor of Physics.

Purdue University. Department of Physics

Distinguished Professor of Physics.

Stanford University. Department of Chemistry

Research Associate.

University of Colorado Boulder. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics and Arts and Sciences College Professor of Distinction.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Fellow; received 1991 I. I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Chair, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; and received 2010 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics.

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Obtained MS (1977) and PhD in Physics (1980).

University of Nebraska -- Lincoln. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained BS (1976).

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