Professor Emeritus of Physics

Department of Physics, Box 353560

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-3560

Tel. Office: (206)543-2897, Home: (206)525-6769

FAX: (206) 685-9829


Curriculum Vitae


Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, January 4, 1927
Family Status:
Married to:
Prof. Vivian C. Wolf-Wilets

Dep. of Psychosocial and Community Health Nursing

University of Washington

Ilanna S. Wilets-Schwalbe

Edward E. Wilets

James D. Wilets

Military Service:
U. S. Navy, 1945-46
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1944-48
BS, 1948

Major: Physics

Senior thesis advisor: Prof. J. E. Mack

Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honorary)

Sophomore High Honors

Phi Beta Kappa

Graduated with "High Honors" (Magna Cum Laudae)

Physics Departmental Honors

Awarded (but declined) Wisconsin Alumni Research

Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship
Teaching Assistant

Research Assistant


Princeton University, 1948-51
MA, 1950

PhD 1952

Thesis Advisor: Prof. A. G. Shenstone


Project Matterhorn, 1951-53
[Prof. J. A. Wheeler]
University of California Radiation Laboratory, Livermore
March-August, 1953 [Prof. E. Teller]
Institute for Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen
[Prof. A. Bohr]
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1955-58
[Drs. C. Mark and D. L. Hill]
 The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1957-58
[Prof. J. R. Oppenheimer]
The University of Washington, 1958--
Associate Professor, 1958

Professor, 1962

Professor Emeritus, 1995

Visiting Positions
Weizmann Inst.of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Fellow, 1961-62

Princeton University, Visiting Professor, 1969

California Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor, 1971

Nordita Professor, University of Lund, Sweden, 1976

Weizmann Inst. of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Fellow, 1977

LBL, Berkeley, and SLAC, Stanford, 1987-88

University of Melbourne, Australia, 1989


Fellowships and Awards

US AEC Predoctoral Fellowship, 1949-51

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1953-55

National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1961-62

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1976-77

Alexander von Humboldt Senior US Scientist Award, 1983

Sir Thomas Lyle Research Fellowship in Physics , 1989


Societies and Associations

American Physical Society, Fellow

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow

American Association of University Professors,

former Chapter and State President
Federation of American Scientists, former Council Member

The Explorers Club, Fellow

Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Xi

  • Books
  • Theories of Nuclear Fission (Oxford, 1964)

    Nontopological Solitons (World Scientific, Singapore, 1989)

  • Publications by decade
  • 1951-60





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