Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Ohio State University
Location: Windsor, California, United States
Richard Boyd, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of astrobiology.
Dr. Boyd became involved in his profession because he believes that astrophysics selected him. Although he was initially leaning toward industry, once he received his PhD, he knew he chose the right field. He was fortunate enough to have supportive and inspiring mentors, such as Willie Fowler, a notable name in the world of astrophysics, and his father, who wasn’t much interested in science but had a wonderful outlook on life that Dr. Boyd admired. He initially pursued his education at the University of Michigan, earning a BSE in physics and mathematics in 1962 and a Bachelor of Science in engineering for mathematics in the same year. He obtained a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1967.
With over 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Boyd has done valuable and extensive research in astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics and astrobiology. He began his professional career as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota in 1968, and later brought these skills to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 1968 to 1971, and to Stanford University from 1971 to 1972. Dr. Boyd then entered the field of teaching as an assistant professor at the University of Rochester from 1972 to 1978 and as an associate professor of physics at Ohio State University from 1978 to 1981. He remained at Ohio State University until 2006, serving in the roles of a professor of physics, an astrology instructor, and an associate dean, until he retired and accepted the designation of professor emeritus. Currently, Dr. Boyd works as the program director of the physics division at the National Science Foundation and as a member of the advisory committee on TRIUMF.
In addition to contributing numerous articles to professional journals, Dr. Boyd is the author of “Thirty-One Years to Earth: Arrival of the Alien Nation.” Throughout his career, he has remained active in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, he is a fellow of the division of nuclear physics of the American Physical Society. Notably, he has received the Eminent Scientist Award from RIKEN, The Institute For Physical And Chemical Research, and a Distinguished Research Award from Ohio State University. As a testament to his success, Dr. Boyd has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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