William Albert Friedman

Title: Professor Emeritus

Location: Mill Creek, Washington, United States

William Friedman, Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theoretical physics.

Dr. Friedman became a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin in 2004. He began teaching at the institution in 1970, originally joining the faculty as an assistant professor. While at the institution, he was instated as a full professor. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he instructed at Princeton University from 1967 to 1970, and served as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen from 1966 to 1967. In addition to these positions, Dr. Friedman has also served as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington and a visiting professor at Michigan State University. Furthermore, he has provided his services and robust skill set in the field at the Hahn Meitner Institute in Berlin, the GSI Laboratory and the GANIL Laboratory in France.

Dr. Friedman became interested in physics while studying in college. When he was in Cornell, he went into a program called engineering physics. At this juncture, Dr. Friedman realized he liked theoretical physics more than experimental physics. He earned a Bachelor in Engineering Physics at Cornell University in 1961 and a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award in 1961 and was a grantee of the National Science Foundation in 1972. From 1997 to 1998, he was a fellow at the Advanced Study Institute. Though retired, Dr. Friedman continues to follow his passions. Growing up in a family with a musical background, he enjoyed playing the trumpet while in school. Since attaining emeritus status, he has picked back up on this hobby and enjoys attending as many concerts as he can.

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