William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, the College, and the Computation Institute, University of Chicago
Ph.D., Physics, Harvard, 1976
Most of Bob's science relates to fluid dynamics and plasma physics problems, as well as in applied mathematics and computational physics, including the development of modern high-performance computer simulation tools. Most of his interests are in complex systems (ranging from astrophysical objects to nuclear fission reactors). He’s been especially active in the areas of solar and stellar physics and high-energy astrophysics, as well as in the use of laboratory experiments in verification and validation of simulation codes and in uncertainty quantification of computational modeling. Within the past decade, he has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies, including especially nuclear energy, the electrification of transport, and energy use in urban environments. (He's a co-founder of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute.) He's also involved with issues related to nuclear nonproliferation, and currently chairs the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
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