Hamish Robertson

Robert Graham Hamish Robertson (born 3 October 1943) is a Canadian–American experimental physicist, specializing in neutrino physics.[1] He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, where he was formerly the director of the University of Washington's Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics.

Hamish Robertson
Born3 October 1943
Ottawa, Canada
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materOxford University (B.A.)
McMaster University (Ph.D.)
AwardsTom W. Bonner Prize (1997)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics (neutrino physics)
InstitutionsMichigan State University (1972 – 1981)
Los Alamos National Laboratory (1981 – 1984)
University of Washington (1984 – )
ThesisProperties of the Odd-Odd Cobalt Nuclei (1971)
Doctoral advisorR. G. Summers-Gill

Education and career

Robertson attended elementary and secondary school in Canada and England. He received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Oxford in 1965. In 1971, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from McMaster University, working under R. G. Summers-Gill with a dissertation titled Properties of the odd-odd cobalt nuclei.

Following his graduate work, he worked at the Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University, where his research included the first observation of an isobaric quintet of states in nuclei.[2] After leaving Michigan State, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory on the determination of the neutrino mass. Studying tritium decay, he showed that the electron neutrino mass is below 10 eV.[3] In 1994, he became a professor at the University of Washington.

Robertson has been a visiting scientist at several institutions, including at Princeton University (1975–1976), Chalk River Laboratories (1979), Argonne National Laboratory (1980), and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (2003–2004).[4]

He was on the editorial staff of Physical Review D and the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science.

Awards and Honours

See also


  1. Haxton, W.C.; Hamish Robertson, R.G.; Serenelli, Aldo M. (18 August 2013). "Solar Neutrinos: Status and Prospects". Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 51 (1): 21–61. arXiv:1208.5723. Bibcode:2013ARA&A..51...21H. doi:10.1146/annurev-astro-081811-125539.
  2. "Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  3. "Hamish Robertson's Web Page". faculty.washington.edu; contains selected publications with ArXiv.org links
  4. R. G. Robertson | Array of Contemporary American Physicists
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