William Gerard Wagner, Ph.D.

William Wagner

Title: Professor & Physicist
Company: University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

William Gerard Wagner, Ph.D., Professor and Physicist at the University of Southern California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and higher education.

Amassing nearly 60 years of professional excellence, Dr. Wagner is an esteemed physics educator who has been serving as a professor in the departments of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California since 1969. The founder of the Program in Neural, Informational and Behavioral Sciences since 1982, he previously served the University of Southern California in several capacities, including as special assistant to the president for automated record services, dean of interdisciplinary programs and developmental activities, dean of natural sciences and mathematics in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and associate professor of physics and electrical engineering beginning in 1966. Prior to these roles, he was an assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, a lecturer in physics at the California Institute of Technology, a senior staff physicist at Hughes Research Laboratory, and a consultant at Rand Corporation.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Wagner has been chairman of the board of Securities Corporation in Los Angeles, CA, and a consultant for Financial Horizons, Inc., in Beverly Hills, CA, since 1971. In addition, he has been a consultant for Wagner Technical Solutions in Los Angeles since 2001. Previously, he served as a consultant for Janus Management Corporation and Croesus Capital Corporation, an allied member of the Pacific Stock Exchange, a financial and computer consultant for the Hollywood Reporter, and a member of the advisory council for emerging engineering technologies for the National Science Foundation.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Wagner pursued a formal education at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1958 and 1962, respectively. While obtaining his doctorate, he was a fellow of the National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes. In addition, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and was a co-author of “Feynman Lectures on Gravitation” with R.P. Feynman and F.B. Morinigo.

A member of the University of Southern California’s Council of Academic Advisors from 1996 to 2006, Dr. Wagner has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. He was a Richard Chase Tolman Postdoctoral Fellow from 1962 to 1965, and the University of Southern California honored him with the Award for Extraordinary Service. Notably, he has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

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