Billy Edward Bonner, PhD

Title: Physics Professor (Retired)

Location: Montgomery, Texas, United States

Billy Edward Bonner, a Retired Physics Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

Although Dr. Bonner didn’t initially intend to pursue physics, he found the subject so fascinating that he had to know more. He switched his major from engineering to physics, and ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana Tech University and both a Master of Arts and a PhD from Rice University in the subject. He furthered his educational background by completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, and then set out to make his mark.

Dr. Bonner’s first position was a senior scientific officer at the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory in England, followed by physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientific associate at the European Organization of Nuclear Research in Switzerland, and professor, chairman of the Department of Physics, and director of Bonner Nuclear Laboratory at Rice University. Over the years, he has published more than 100 papers detailing his findings and experiences. One that stands out to him was published in the 1980s and represents an ingenious use of the new particle accelerator at Los Alamos. Another professional highlight was serving as a thesis advisor for eight students. Dr. Bonner is proud of his long chain of successes and hopes to be remembered for achieving results. He officially retired in 2009.

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