Title: Physics Professor Emeritus/Research Professor
Company: Wake Forest University
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
William Kerr, Physics Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Wake Forest University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Dr. Kerr’s father was a high school science and mathematics teacher, and his mother was a home economics teacher. As science and mathematics were focuses around his household, it inspired Dr. Kerr to pursue a career in physics. In this pursuit, he first earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics and mathematics from the College of Wooster in 1962 and then a PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell University in 1967. That same year, he began as a research associate at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
Dr. Kerr continued his career as a research associate at Argonne National Laboratory from 1968 to 1970 before accepting a professor of physics role at Wake Forest University in 1970. He continued working in this venture until his retirement in 2008. Since 2008, he has maintained his connection to the academic field as a research professor in the physics department at Wake Forest University. In 1976, he was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the institution, and he has also been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. In his career, Dr. Kerr is most proud of his educational pursuits, his work with Chalmers University, and the progression of his students, both Graduates, and Undergraduates, who went onto receive PhDs.
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