Title: Physics Professor, Researcher Emeritus
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Lawrence S. Cardman, PhD, Physics Professor, Researcher Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists and Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
Dr. Cardman is an award-winning science professional who met with incredible success during his four-decade career in academia and research. Now retired, he is remembered by colleagues as someone who was intelligent, professional and showcased integrity in all his work. He concluded his career in 2017 as a deputy associate director of physics and principal staff scientist with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, VA. At the same time, he was a professor for the University of Virginia. Through his extensive experience, Dr. Cardman established himself as an expert in the areas of nuclear physics using electromagnetic interactions, specifically in the area of hadronic physics research, which includes work in hadrons, protons and living trons. He entered his profession because of his strong interest in chemistry at a young age. He prepared for his career by achieving a Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1972 from Yale University. He came to prominence early on in his career as a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council postdoctoral fellow with the National Bureau of Standards from 1972 to 1973. Having quickly established his standing as an emerging leader in his field, he took on the role as a visiting scientist at the Centre D’études Nucléaires Saclay in France in the early 1980s before returning to the United States and joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In reflecting back on his illustrious career, Dr. Cardman notes that a great point of pride for him has been combining his research work with his mentorship of students and emerging professionals in the field. His noteworthy accomplishments include his work in the substantial upgrade to the laboratory at the University of Illinois. He impacted the project by establishing the care review system for choosing experiments and then preparing them for use at the laboratory. Dr. Cardman believes that he has been successful in his career because of his hard work, consistency and the support of his wife Helen-Andrea. Additionally, he notes that he feels fortunate that he entered the field at a time when nuclear physics was undergoing fascinating growth. For more than four decades he has been on the cutting edge of the developments in his field and has shared his expertise through more than 100 articles to scientific publications. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. Cardman was the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he has been honored in the 45th through 69th editions of Who’s Who in America, as well as approximately 20 editions of Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.
As he looks ahead to the future, Dr. Cardman intends to continue enjoying his retirement through his hobbies of woodworking, cooking, and electronic projects.
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