Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Bates College
Location: Lavina, Montana, United States
Mark Semon, Professor Emeritus at Bates College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Dr. Semon became involved in his profession after taking a mandatory physics course in college. He entered college with a plan to major in either English or philosophy but when he took a required course on the theory of relativity, his interest in the sciences piqued. Dr. Semon couldn’t fathom how science depends on state of motion and how energy and matter are the same thing. In order to better comprehend these concepts, Dr. Semon switched his major to physics. He earned an AB in physics from Colgate University graduating magna cum laude and with high honors in 1971, and continued at the University of Colorado to receive a Master of Science in 1973. He studied at the Imperial College London for a year before returning to the University of Colorado to receive a PhD in 1973.
Dr. Semon began working in the field in 1970 as a research assistant at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The following year he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Upon earning his doctoral degree, he joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory for a year as a research assistant. In 1974, he entered academia which allowed him to share his passion for the field. He began teaching at Bates College as an assistant professor. Once at the institution, he rose through the ranks to associate professor in 1983 and full professor in 1988. He served as a professor of physics at the institution until retiring with the honorary professor emeritus title. Furthermore, Dr. Semon has provided his services on the editorial advisory board and referee for the American Journal of Physics, and as a visiting professor at Amherst College. From 1986 to 2017, his skills were tapped as an accident reconstructionalist and medical technology consultant in Portland, ME.
In Dr. Semon’s career, he has contributed to scientific discourse with evaluation of expectation values in the Aharonov-Bohm Effect and with an alternative formulator of Quantum Electrodynamics. He is an innovator of the new interpretation of the electromagnetic vector potential and the new geometric model of velocity addition in special relatively, as well as the simplified derivation of Thomas precession and the discussion of its experimental confirmations. He was a National Science Foundation grantee in 1980 and has received additional accolades from the National Research Corp., Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Mu Epsilon. In his career, Dr. Semon has maintained professional affiliation with the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the Council of Undergraduate Research, the Society of Woodrow Wilson Fellows and Phi Beta Kappa.
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