John Clark

John W. Clark

Wayman Crow Professor Emeritus of Physics
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. Physics, University of Texas, Austin
B.S. Physics, University of Texas, Austin
research interests:
  • Quantum Many-Particle Theory
  • Dense-Matter Astrophysics
  • Neural Networks
  • Quantum Control
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    • Washington University
    • MSC 1105-109-02
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    Professional History

    John W. Clark earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 1959 from Washington University in St. Louis. During the years 1959 to 1963, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Eugene Wigner at Princeton University, an Associate Research Scientist at the Martin Company, Denver, and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow both at the University of Birmingham, England (with Rudolf Peierls) and the French nuclear research establishment in Saclay. He joined the Washington University faculty in 1963 as Assistant Professor of Physics and was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1965. He was promoted to associate professor in 1966 and full professor of physics in 1972. In 1996-1997 he served as interim department chair, followed by a regular term as chair during 2002-2007.  In 1989, he received the Eugene Memorial Medal for Many-Body Theory for his development of the method of Correlated Basis Functions and is Honorary President of the International Conferences on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theory.  A Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1992, he served on the chair line of the Forum on International Physics (2007-2010). In 1999, Clark was honored by his installation as Wayman Crow Professor of Physics, an endowed chair occupied by Arthur Holly Compton, Arthur Llewelyn Hughes, Edward Uhler Condon, Eugene Feenberg, and Edwin Thompson Jaynes. He is currently a Visiting Professor (part-time) at the University of Madeira, Portugal and otherwise enjoys emeritus status at Washington University.

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