Robert C. Richardson

Floyd R. Newman Professor of Physics

638 Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

(607) 255-6423

B.S., 1958, Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. M.S., 1960, Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Ph.D., 1966, Physics, Duke University. Second Lieutenant, US Army, 1959-60. Research Associate, Cornell University, 1966-67. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1968-71. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1972-74. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1975-86. F.R. Newman Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 1987-present. Visiting Scientist, Bell Laboratories, 1984. Director of Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, 1990-1996. Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University, 1998-2007. Senior Science Advisor to the President and Provost, Cornell University, 2007-2009. Senior Vice Provost for Research Emeritus, Cornell University, 2008-present. Guggenheim Fellowship, 1975-76; 1982-83. Eight Simon Memorial Prize [British Physical Society], 1976 (with D.D. Osheroff and D.M. Lee). Buckley Prize [American Physical Society] , 1981 (with D.D. Osheroff and D.M. Lee). Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1981. Fellow, American Physical Society, 1983. Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1986. Foreign Member, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1993. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995. Nobel Prize in Physics, 1996 (shared with D.M. Lee and D.D. Osheroff). Commendation, Virginia General Assembly, 1998. Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Ohio State University, 2000. Member, American Philosophical Society, 2001. Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003. Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009.

Research Areas
Experimental low temperature physics, especially the properties of liquids and solids at sub-millikelvin temperatures

Current Research

Professor Richardson is currently focused on teaching and is not maintaining an active research group at this time.

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