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Faculty List

University Professor Emeritus 
A.E. Litherland, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC, FRS 

Professors Emeriti 
R.L. Armstrong, MA, Ph D, FRSC 
R. C. Bailey, B.Sc., Ph.D. 
M.J. Bronskill, M Sc, Ph D, FCCPM 
R.F. Code, AM, Ph D (UTM) 
R.C. Desai, B Sc, Ph D 
T.E. Drake, M Sc, Ph D 
J.R. Drummond, MA, D Phil, FRSC 
D.J. Dunlop, MA, Ph D, FRSC (UTM) 
R. N. Edwards, BSc, Ph.D., C Phys, F Inst P 
R.M. Farquhar, MA, Ph D, FRSC (UTM) 
G.M. Graham, M Sc, Ph D 
R. Holdom, MA, Ph D 
D.G. Ivey, MA, Ph D 
A.W. Key, MA, D Phil (I) 
J.D. King, BA, D Phil (UTSC) 
P.P. Kronberg, M Sc, Ph D, D Sc 
R. List, Dipl Phys ETH, Dr Sc Nat, FRSC 
R.K. Logan, B Sc, Ph D (N) 
J. Martin, B.Sc, D. Phil 
A.D. May, MA, Ph D 
J.W. Moffat, Ph D, D Sc 
K.H. Norwich, M Sc, MD, Ph D 
D.A.L. Paul, BA, Ph D 
J.M. Perz, MA Sc, Ph D (UTSC) 
J.D. Prentice, M Sc, Ph D 
D.J. Rowe, MA, D Phil, FRSC 
H.M. van Driel, M Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
M.B. Walker, B Eng, D Phil 
G.F. West, MA, Ph D, FRSC 
S.S.M. Wong, M Sc, Ph D 
T.S. Yoon, M Sc, Ph D 

Professor and Chair of the Department 
S.R. Julian, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D 

Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) 
W. Trischuk, B Sc, Ph D 

Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) 
J. Harlow, B Sc, Ph D 

University Professors 
J.R. Bond, OC, MS, Ph D, FRSC, FRS 
S. John, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
R.J.D. Miller, R.J.D., B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
W.R. Peltier, M Sc, Ph D, FRSC 

Professors 
J. Abbatt, MA, Ph D 
D.J. Donaldson, B Sc, Ph D 
D.F.V. James, BA, Ph D 
D.B.A. Jones, AB, SM, Ph D 
M.L.G. Joy, MA Sc, Ph D 
H-Y. Kee, MS, Ph D 
Y-B. Kim, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D 
Y-J. Kim, BS, Ph D 
P. Krieger, M Sc, Ph D 
P.J. Kushner, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D 
H-K. Lo, Ph D 
M. Luke, Ph D 
G.W.K. Moore, B Sc, Ph D (UTM) 
S.W. Morris, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D 
N. Murray, Ph D 
B. Netterfield, BS, Ph D 
R.S. Orr, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
A.W. Peet, B Sc, Ph D 
E. Poppitz, Ph D 
J. Repka, B Sc, Ph D 
P. Savard, M Sc, Ph D 
P.K. Sinervo, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
J.E. Sipe, M Sc, Ph D, FRSC (T) 
S. Stanley, B Sc, MA, Ph D 
A.M. Steinberg, MA, Ph D 
K. Strong, B Sc, D Phil 
H. Tanaka, Ph D 
J. Thywissen, MS, Ph D 
R.P. Young, Ph D 

Associate Professors 
D.C. Bailey, B Sc, Ph D 
V. Barzda, M Sc, Ph D (UTM) 
A-A. Dhirani, B Sc, Ph D 
C. Gradinaru, Ph D (UTM) 
Q. Liu, B Sc, Ph D 
J. Lowman, B A, M Sc, Ph D (UTSC) 
R.S. Marjoribanks, MS, Ph D 
D. McMillen, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D (UTM) 
A. Paramekanti, B Tech, Ph D 
U-L. Pen, M Sc, Ph D 
W. Ryu, AB, Ph D 
R. Teuscher, M Sc, Ph D 
A.C. Thompson, BS, Ph D 
K. Walker, B Sc, Ph D 
J.T. Wei, MS, Ph D 

Associate Professors, Teaching Stream 
V.B. Deyirmenjian, B Sc, Ph D 
J. Harlow, B Sc, Ph D 
R.M. Serbanescu, M Sc, Ph D 

Assistant Professors 
S. Goyal, B Tech, M Sc, Ph D 
N. Grisouard, B S, M S, Ph D 
C. Lee, Ph D 
J.N. Milstein, BS, Ph D (UTM) 
A. Vutha, Ph D 
W. Yan, BS, Ph D
M. Wells, B Sc, Ph D (UTSC) 
D. Wunch, Ph D 
L. Yang, BS, MA, Ph D
A. Zilman, B Sc, M Sc, Ph D 

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream 
A. Meyertholen, Ph D 

Part-Time Lecturers 
N. Krasnopolskaia, Ph D 
P. Savaria, M Sc, Ph D 

Introduction

Physics forms the bedrock of our understanding of Nature.  Any physical object or process, or even the structure of the whole universe itself, can be the subject of physics.  Physicists study an extremely diverse array of systems, from the simplest subatomic particles to the most complex processes found in biological cells or in the Earth’s climate.  Physics provides a comprehensive set of fundamental tools that can be brought to bear on many problems across a wide variety of fields.

Students can choose between Specialist Programs in Physics or Physics combined with numerous other sciences, as well as Philosophy.  In addition, the Physics Major and Minor programs give the student the option of mixing Physics with the nearly limitless array of science and non-science programs available across the University. As well, students have the opportunity to do original research and to undertake independent supervised studies for course credit.

A program in physics has much to offer. Beyond the traditional careers of teaching and research, a knowledge of physics is a powerful asset in professions like Medicine or Law, or for careers involving the environmental, geological or biological sciences. An understanding of physics is essential for those who are concerned about how society is affected by climate change or advanced technology. The conceptual problem-solving tools one acquires as a physicist can be applied with great success to many occupations.

The Physics Specialist Program offers intensive training in all aspects of physics. Courses can be selected in order to emphasize the experimental, theoretical or applied sides of physics. In fourth year, students intending to undertake graduate studies are encouraged to take advanced optional courses. These courses, which reflect the excellence and research diversity of the faculty, are offered in areas such as Relativity, High Energy Physics, Quantum Optics, Condensed Matter, Geophysics and Atmospheric Physics. 

The Specialist Program in Biological Physics combines the analytical problem solving skills of the physicist with sound backgrounds in relevant biology and biochemistry. The interface between biology and physics lies at the forefront of the rapidly growing field of quantitative biology.  

The Professional Experience Year program (“PEY”: see also http://www.engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca/programs/pey.htm) is available to eligible, full-time Arts & Science Specialist students after their second year of study.  Physics students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to apply their scientific and mathematical skills in a 12-16 month professional internship. 

The Departmental website gives detailed information on programs and courses, and describes the operation of the Department and the counseling services available. All students, most particularly those entering first year, are strongly urged to consult the web site before term begins. 

Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies):
Professor J. Harlow, Room 328, McLennan Physical Laboratories (416-978-6674);
E-mail address: ugchair@physics.utoronto.ca

Enquiries:
Undergraduate Office, Room 301, McLennan Physical Laboratories (416-978-7057)

E-mail address: ugcoord@physics.utoronto.ca

Web site: http://www.physics.utoronto.ca