top of page

Dr. Richard Wolfson (2003)

Department of Physics
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753


O: (802) 802-443-5427
H: (802) 802-545-2163
F: (802) 802-443-2072


Physics & Philosophy M.I.T., 1965-1967
B.A. Physics & Philosophy Swarthmore College, 1967-1969
M.S. Environmental Studies University of Michigan, 1970-1971
Ph.D. Physics Dartmouth College, 1973-1976


Professional Experience:
1976-present Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Assistant Professor of Physics (1976-82)
Associate Professor of Physics (1982-87)
Professor of Physics (1987-present)
Chairperson, Department of Physics (1988-1991)
George Adams Ellis Professor of the Liberal Arts (1992 - 97)
Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics (2000 -present)
1998-1999 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics
1993 St Andrews University, St Andrews, Scotland
Visiting Scientist, Solar Theory Group, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (winter-spring 1993)
1980-1981 National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Summer 1983 Visiting Scientist, High Altitude Observatory
1974-1976 University of New Hampshire
Instructor, graduate level environmental education
courses for UNH School of Continuing Studies
1971-1973 Kearsarge Regional High School, North Sutton, NH
Teacher, physical and environmental sciences
1970-1971 University of Michigan
Research assistant, School of Natural Resources
1969-1970 Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Physics Research, MGH Cyclotron Laboratory


Professional Affiliations and Activities:
American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
International Astronomical Union


Honors and Awards:
Sigma Xi, 1968
Honors graduate, Swarthmore, 1969
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1969
Danforth Kent Fellow, 1975
Ellis endowed professorship in the liberal arts, Middlebury College, 1992
Perkins award for excellence in teaching, Middlebury College, 1994
Benjamin F. Wissler endowed professorship in physics, Middlebury College, 2001
Election to Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering, 2003


Author or co-author of 9 books and theses, 3 videotaped lecture courses, and 72 articles abstracts, or reviews in the areas of medical and plasma physics, solar energy engineering, electronic circuit design, observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, nuclear issues, and climate change.
Invited Lecturer for 70 meetings and colloquiums since 1988, and recipient of 22 research grants.


Research Interests:
The violently eruptive behavior of the sun's outer atmosphere (corona); global climate change.


Teaching Interests:
Making science relevant to nonscientists and to students from all walks of academic life.

bottom of page