William A. Bardeen

William Allan Bardeen (born September 15, 1941 in Washington, Pennsylvania) is an American theoretical physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is the son of John Bardeen and Jane Maxwell Bardeen.[1]


After graduating from Cornell University in 1962, Bardeen earned his Ph.D. Degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota in 1968. Following research appointments at Stony Brook University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Physics Department at Stanford University. In 1975, Bardeen joined the staff of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory where he has served as Head of the Theoretical Physics Department.[2] From 1993 to 1994, he was Head of Theoretical Physics at the SSC Laboratory before its termination.

Bardeen is co-inventor of the theory of the axial vector current anomaly which is of foundational importance in modern theoretical physics. He developed with Stephen L. Adler the "non-renormalization theorem" (known as the Adler–Bardeen theorem).[3][4] He has played a major role in the development of perturbation theory for quantum chromodynamics, and dynamical approaches to electroweak symmetry breaking.[5] Bardeen is considered one of the leading authorities on quantum field theory and its application to the phenomena of elementary particle physics.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1984. In 1985, Bardeen was awarded a John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for research on the application of quantum field theory to elementary particle physics. Previously, he had received the Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship for research in theoretical physics. Bardeen was awarded the 1996 J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society for his work on anomalies and perturbative quantum chromodynamics.[6] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998[7] and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.[8]

Selected publications

  • Bardeen's publications are available on the INSPIRE-HEP Literature Database .


  1. John Bardeen's Nobel Foundation biography
  2. William Bardeen, bio from APS
  3. Adler, S.L.; Bardeen, W.A. (1969). "Absence of higher-order corrections in the anomalous axial-vector divergence equation". Physical Review. 182 (5): 1517–1536. Bibcode:1969PhRv..182.1517A. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.182.1517.
  4. Piguet, O.; Sorella, S.P. (1993). "Adler-Bardeen theorem and vanishing of the gauge beta function". Nuclear Physics B. 395 (3): 661–671. arXiv:hep-th/9302123. Bibcode:1993NuPhB.395..661P. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(93)90052-Q.
  5. William A. Bardeen, homepage at Fermilab
  6. William A. Bardeen, homepage at Fermilab
  7. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  8. List of members of the National Academy of Sciences (Physics)
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