David N. Williams
December 4, 2008
- Born: October 10, 1934, Lewisburg, Tennessee.
- Married: June 2, 1956, to Jean Marie Boyd, who
taught high school mathematics at Oakland Technical High School,
1958–1963, and middle and high school mathematics at
Greenhills School, 1979–2003. Two grown children.
Awards and Honors
- 1974: Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Maryville
- 1997: Excellence in Teaching Award, University of
- 1956-58: Programmer for high-speed digital
computers, Lockheed Missile Systems Division, Palo Alto,
California (part-time grad student at the University of
California, Berkeley, on Lockheed Advanced Study Program).
- 1967-73: Assistant Professor of Theoretical
Physics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- 1973-80: Associate Professor, The University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- 1974 (Spring): Visitor, Freie Universität
- 1974 (Summer): Visitor, The University of Melbourne
- 1980-1999: Professor, The University of Michigan,
- 1987-89: Scientific Computation Group, University
of Michigan Computing Center (10% appointment).
- 1998-1999: Retirement furlough
- 1999-present: Professor Emeritus
My main research effort for the several years before and
after retirement was software development for symbolic and
scientific computation, especially related to Prof. M. Veltman's
Other current physics research interests include a new
approach to the triviality of φ4 quantum field
theory in four space-time dimensions, which applies to the Higgs
meson sector of the standard model.
My publications in the past include work on kinematical
singularities in invariant amplitudes and other higher spin
topics, Stapp's theorem for Lorentz covariant analytic
functions, unstable particles, Euclidean quantum field theory
for fermions, the Euclidean loop expansion for φ4
field theory, and Euclidean nonlinear classical field equations.
Many of these have a mathematical physics orientation.
My teaching experience includes pretty much the full range
of undergraduate and graduate physics courses, from sophomore
electricity and magnetism through quantum field theory.
Articles Reviewed by Mathematical Reviews
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