Title: Professor Emeritus of Physics
Company: California Polytechnic State University
Location: San Luis Obispo, California, United States
David Hafemeister, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at California Polytechnic State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science and physics education.
With 50 years of professional excellence, Dr. Hafemeister is a prominent and revered figure in the realms of science and physics education, having most recently served as a visiting scientist with the American Federation of Scientists from 2015 to 2016 and a member of the external review board with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2010 to 2016. Prior to these illustrious roles, he served in multiple capacities with such entities as the Arms Control Association, Stanford University, and the National Academy of Sciences between 2000 and 2009. Dr. Hafemeister spent the majority of his career employed by California Polytechnic State University as a professor of physics from 1969 to 2000, having commenced his career as an assistant professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University in 1966.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Hafemeister pursued formal education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1959 and 1964, respectively. A prolific author, he penned “Physics of Societal Issues” in 2007 and 2014, as well as “Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism in the Post-9/11 World” in 2016. He additionally served as a co-editor of numerous works, including “Nuclear Weapons and Related Security Issues” in 1997, “Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century” in 2014, “Physics of Sustainable Energy” in 2008 and 2011, “Biological Effects of Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields” in 1998, and “Global Warming: Physics and Facts” in 1991.
As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Hafemeister has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships from such institutions as the American Physical Society, Stanford University with the Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Office of Strategic Negotiations with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, he was honored with the Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest from the American Physical Society in 1966 and was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World. Most recently, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
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