HWS physics scholar recognized for accomplishments
(May 23, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Phillip J. Moorad ’28 & Margaret N. Moorad Professorship was recently awarded to Donald Spector, professor of physics, in recognition of his contributions to the sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Spector, who joined the Colleges’ faculty in 1989, is an internationally recognized leader in theoretical physics. This spring, Spector was named a KITP Scholar by the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara California, one of seven scholars in the United States to receive the award and in 2004, he was named a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Spector, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, served as department chair from 2001-2004, and has been the coordinator of the HWS engineering program for over a decade. His current, cutting-edge research involves using supersymmetry to further our understanding of quantum mechanics. Supersymmetry, although largely hypothetical and unobserved, is a major component of superstring theory.
The Moorad Professorship, created in 2000, is remarkable for being the first endowed chair in the sciences in the history of the Colleges. It was funded through the generous contributions of the Moorad family in honor of Hobart alumnus Dr. Phillip J. Moorad ’28 and his wife, Margaret.