Robert Lynn Coldwell


Robert Lynn Coldwell

Title: Physicist
Company: The University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Robert Lynn Coldwell, physicist at the University of Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in quantum mechanics and nuclear spectrum research.

Dr. Coldwell is a physicist, consultant, and associate scientist at the University of Florida with more than five decades of research and teaching experience in his specialty. His work has included Monte Carlo experiments and quantum mechanics calculations on liquid sodium, among other theoretical physics research, and he is the author of “Spectral Analysis Using ROBFIT,” 1991. Before becoming a scientist, Dr. Coldwell worked with his father as a private homebuilder for clients in Washington. 

While he would remain in the construction industry to some degree until 1977, Dr. Coldwell attended the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1963, and was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1969. He credits his return to academia to a change in federal fiscal policy that slowed the market for new homes, and took the market’s decline as an opportunity to pursue his doctoral research at the University of Washington. He began college as a premedicine major before discovering his interests lay in chemistry, and then later in physics and nuclear physics. From 1969 until 1971, Dr. Coldwell was a postdoctoral teacher at Washington and Lee University, and he spent the following year as a postdoctoral associate of Northwestern University before joining the University of Florida in 1972. 

Dr. Coldwell remained a postdoctoral associate of the University of Florida until 1978, when he became a science programmer, and worked with the school as a constellation technician from 1993 until 2000. During this time, he published research including a prediction of crystallization in neutron stars and further nuclear spectrum research. He retired from academia in 2007, but continues to consult and is currently working on a book about his research findings. Dr. Coldwell is a member of the American Physics Association and the IEEE.


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