Dr. Jon Hardy Shirley

Title: Physicist
Company: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States

Dr. Jon Hardy Shirley, Physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

During Dr. Shirley’s formative years in grade school, he was primarily interested in mathematics. However, during his time earning a Bachelor of Arts at Middlebury College, he found that mathematics was more about proving a theorem rather than utilizing said theorem. Dr. Shirley was much more interested in applying his mathematical skills to solving problems, so he changed directions and began pursuing physics. The transition was comfortable, as he had grown up around many scientific thinkers in his family. Dr. Shirley later earned a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1963 and promptly began his career.

From 1963 until 1973, Dr. Shirley was employed as a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado.  In 1974, he began work as a research associate at the University of Colorado and continued through 1976 at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Shirley accepted a position as a consultant at the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics in 1978, where he stayed until 1980. Later, in 1983, he relocated to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he has since remained in his consultant position. As a result of his multitude of success, Dr. Shirley has had the honor of contributing a great number of articles to professional journals. The first work he ever had published was his thesis paper, which has since gone on to be cited in thousands of other publications. This gives him a great sense of accomplishment. He additionally regards his role as the principal author of a detailed paper on primary frequency standards as the highlight of his career due to the depth of research involved.

Outside of his professional obligations, Dr. Shirley is still an active participant in his scientific community. He holds membership in the American Physical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. He is additionally affiliated with the IEEE and was presented with their Rabi Award in 2002 in recognition of his professional triumphs. Dr. Shirley has been featured in the 66th edition of Who’s Who in America and the 1st edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. In 2019, he was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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