Joseph Hants Hamilton, PhD

Title: Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, Researcher
Company: Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Joseph Hants Hamilton, PhD, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Science.

Dr. Hamilton has held his current role since 1992, and was named a visiting distinguished laboratory fellow of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2000. He holds a number of other titles, including honorary advisory professor at China’s Fudan University, and organizer of the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research. He is proud of founding the institute in 1980, as well as his tutelage of over 63 PhD students, a number that grows day by day. Dr. Hamilton has been lauded with prizes, grants, medals, and numerous honorary doctorates for his work in physics, and is still instrumental to the research of elements 119 and 120.

As a recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Hamilton has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. He took physics as a minor with a major in mathematics, a decision which became an important step toward a lasting passion for physics and being guided by a very important person in his life. Dr. Hamilton studied with Mississippi College and earned a MS at Indiana University, where he completed a PhD in 1958. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and went on to become a research fellow with the Institute of Nuclear Studies in Amsterdam. Those roles led to his work with radioactivity and the title of principal investigator at the University Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge, as well as his latter work with nuclear science all over the world.

Dr. Hamilton’s work has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Mississippi College, Berea College, Ravishankar Shukla University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Saint Petersburg University, the University of Bucharest, and the National University of Frankfurt. As a prolific contributor to scientific literature, he remains an editorial board member of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and serves numerous other publications. Among an incredible number of awards going back to 1975, Dr. Hamilton was recently presented with a 2016 Mentoring Award from the division of nuclear physics of the American Physical Society.

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