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E. Norval Fortson

Professor Emeritus

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Born:              June 16, 1936   Atlanta, GA

Education:      B.S.1957 Duke University,  Ph.D Physics 1964 Harvard

Honors:          Member, National Academy of Sciences 1998 ;  Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1996 ;  Fellow, American Physical Society 1978        

Research:  Research focused on the use of precision measurements with lasers and atoms in small-scale experiments that probe basic physics normally explored at large high-energy accelerators.

Employment at University of Washington: 1966-69 Assistant Professor,  1969-73 Associate Professor,     1973-2007 Professor,                 2002-2004 Boeing Distinguished Professor of Physcs

Visiting Positions: Visiting Professor Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris) 1997,  Derieux Science Lectureship (N. C. State) 1982,   Guggenheim Fellowship (Oxford) 1980-81,    Rosenthal Lectureship (Columbia) 1978, National Research Council Fellow (Oxford) 1977, German Science Fellow (Bonn) 1965-67


Research Groups

  • Tests of Parity and Time-Reversal Symmetry