Clifford Martin Will
Clifford M. Will
|Alma mater||McMaster University (B.Sc. 1968) |
California Institute of Technology (PhD 1971)
|Known for||Post-Newtonian expansions|
|Awards||Albert Einstein Medal (2019)|
|Institutions||University of Chicago (1972-1974) |
Stanford University (1974-1981)
Washington University, St. Louis (1981-2012)
University of Florida (2012-present)
|Thesis||Theoretical Frameworks for Testing Relativistic Gravity: Parametrized Post-Newtonian Formalism (1971)|
|Academic advisors||Kip 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. 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.
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.
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.
Will was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1996–1997. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.
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."
- 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.
- Will, Clifford M. "Autobiographical Sketch - Clifford M. Will". University of Florida. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- Clifford Martin Will at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Will, Clifford M. - CaltechTHESIS
- Clifford M. Will - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Cliff Will wins the 2019 Albert Einstein Medal". Department of Physics, University of Florida. February 20, 2019.