Dr. John Rider Klauder is a distinguished physics and mathematics educator who commenced his career as a technical staff member at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, in 1953. Escalating through the ranks to head of the theoretical physics and solid state spectroscopy departments at Bell Laboratories, he concluded his tenure with the company in 1988. During his career, he gratefully accepted opportunities to teach at various universities, first serving as an associate department professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland for one year and professor in the Department of Physics at Syracuse University in New York for one year. Subsequent to his departure from Bell Laboratories in 1988, Dr. Klauder was hired by the University of Florida as a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics, later being recognized as a distinguished professor in 2006. During this time, he was also a Lars Onsager Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, from whom he received the Lars Onsager Medal. He retired from his position at the University of Florida in 2010.
Influenced by an excellent physics teacher in high school, Dr. Klauder notably received the highest grade in physics in 10 years for his county. He attended the University of California Berkeley for his undergraduate studies and later earned a PhD from Princeton University in 1959. Inducted into several honor societies including Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa, he was notably a student of renowned theoretical physicist, John Archibald Wheeler.
Dr. Klauder is most prominent for his discovery that the usual method of solving problems in quantum physics was incorrect. While teaching in Switzerland, he developed a means to solve insolvable problems in physics that differed from the normal way of analyzing problems. Invited to Moscow in 2012, fellow physics professionals inquired about his life’s work. Dr. Klauder re-examined his equation from 1962 and decided that his method was a more correct way of solving problems in quantum physics.
Inducted as a foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters, Dr. Klauder has also served on the physics advisory panel of the National Science Foundation. He was president of the International Association of Mathematical Physics and associate secretary-general of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. He was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
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