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Biography

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Archival as AuthorPublished as Author

Robert M. Wald

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Dates

June 29, 1947 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Wald, Robert M.

Additional Forms of Names

Wald, Robert M., 1947-

Biography

Abstract

Robert Wald is Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago (2002-present). His research interests include classical general relativity, cosmology, and quantum phenomena related to gravity.

Important Dates

June 29, 1947Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1968Obtained AB, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1972Obtained PhD in Physics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1972 – 1974Research Associate in Physics, University of Maryland.

1974 – presentResearch Associate (1974-1976); Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics (1976-1985); Professor of Physics (1985-2002); and Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Physics (2002-present), University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1996Fellow, American Physical Society.

1998 – 2001Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2000Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2001Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Princeton (N.J.)

Employment

Chicago (Ill.)

Subjects

Black holes (Astronomy).

Cosmology.

General relativity (Physics).

Quantum gravity.

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

PhD advisor at Princeton University, "Nonspherical Gravitational Collapse and Black Hole Uniqueness."

Colleagues

Anderson, Herbert Lawrence

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Cohen, Morrel H.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Coppersmith, Susan Nan

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Crewe, Albert V.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Cronin, James W., 1931-2016

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Davidson, Ronald C.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Fano, Ugo

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Fritzsche, Hellmut

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Griem, Hans R.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Hartle, J. B. (James B.)

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Kadanoff, Leo P.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Libchaber, Albert J.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Massey, Walter E.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Misner, Charles W.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Nagel, Sidney R.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Nambu, Yoichiro, 1921-2015

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Shochet, Melvyn J.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Simpson, John A. (John Alexander), 1916-2000

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Telegdi, Val, 1922-2006

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Wentzel, Gregor, 1898-1978

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Additional

Thorne, Kip S.

Institutions

Major Positions

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Research Associate; Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; Professor of Physics; and Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Physics.

University of Maryland at College Park. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Associate in Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Physical Society

Fellow.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1968).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1972).

University of California, Santa Barbara. Institute for Theoretical Physics

Member, Advisory Board.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Gravity Research Foundation essays and abstracts, 1949-2016.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Kip Thorne interviews conducted for his book "Black Holes and Time Warps," 1980-1989.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Published Resources

Author

Black holes and relativistic stars / edited by Robert M. Wald.

General relativity / Robert M. Wald.

Quantum field theory in curved spacetime and black hole thermodynamics / Robert M. Wald.