Clifford Martin Will

Clifford Martin Will (born 1946) is a Canadian-born theoretical physicist noted for his contributions to general relativity.[1]

Clifford M. Will
Hamilton, Ontario
Alma materMcMaster University (B.Sc. 1968)
California Institute of Technology (PhD 1971)
Known forPost-Newtonian expansions
AwardsAlbert Einstein Medal (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsGeneral relativity
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago (1972-1974)
Stanford University (1974-1981)
Washington University, St. Louis (1981-2012)
University of Florida (2012-present)
ThesisTheoretical Frameworks for Testing Relativistic Gravity: Parametrized Post-Newtonian Formalism (1971)
Academic advisorsKip Thorne

Life and work

Will was born in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1968, he earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University. At Caltech, he studied under Kip Thorne, earning his Ph.D. in 1971.[2][3] He has taught at the University of Chicago and Stanford University, and in 1981 joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012 he moved to a faculty position at the University of Florida.[1]

Will's theoretical work has centered on Post-Newtonian expansions of approximate solutions to the Einstein field equation, a notoriously difficult area which forms the theoretical underpinnings essential for such achievements as the indirect verification by Russell Hulse and Joseph Taylor of the existence of gravitational radiation from observations of a binary pulsar.[1]

Will's book reviewing experimental tests of general relativity is widely regarded as the essential resource for research in this area; his popular book on the same subject was listed by The New York Times as one of the 200 best books published in 1986.[1]

Will was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1996–1997.[4] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.[1]

In 2019, Will received the Albert Einstein Medal, awarded each year since 1979 by the Albert Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland, for his "important contributions to General Relativity, in particular including the Post-Newtonian expansions of approximate solutions of the Einstein field equations and their confrontation with experiments."[5]

Will is the editor-in-chief of IOP Publishing's journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.[1]

Bibliographic information

According to the NASA ADS database, the h-index of Prof. Will is 36.

Selected works

  • Will, Clifford M. "Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary". Annalen der Physik. 15: 19–33. arXiv:gr-qc/0504086. Bibcode:2006AnP...518...19W. doi:10.1002/andp.200510170.
  • Will, Clifford M. (1993). Was Einstein right?: putting general relativity to the test. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-09086-9. (original publication date 1986)
  • Will, Clifford M. (1981). Theory and experiment in gravitational physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-23237-6.
  • Will, Clifford M.; Poisson, Eric (2014). Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107032866.


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