Bill Bardeen received his undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell University in 1962 and his PhD from Minnesota University in 1968. He held a postdoc position at Stony Brook University from 1966 to 1968 and another postdoc at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study from 1968 to 1969. He then joined the physics department of Stanford University until 1975, when he left to join Fermilab’s Theory Group.
Bardeen is best known for his work on quantum field theory anomalies. He received the J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physics Society in 1996 for his work on quantum chromodynamics. In 1984, he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998, to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He chaired Fermilab’s Theory Group from 1985 to 1992, spent a year as the head of theory group at the Superconducting Super Collider, and then returned to Fermilab when the project was canceled in 1993.
He retired in 2010.
Bill Bardeen Content
- Bardeens Honored — February 3, 1977
- Fermilab Physicist Elected to National Academy of Sciences — April 28, 1999
- Bill Bardeen, renowned quantum field theorist, retires — February 8, 2011