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Robert M. Wald (born June 29, 1947, New York City) is a physicist who specializes in general relativity and the thermodynamics of black holes. He is the son of the famous mathematician and statistician Abraham Wald. He is well known as the author of a widely used graduate textbook, General Relativity (ISBN 0-226-87033-2). Wald is a professor at the Enrico Fermi Institute and the University of Chicago. Wald has taught undergraduate courses across a broad range of physics topics, and has been honored as a particularly effective teacher.
Wald has published well over 100 research papers on general relativity and quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, many of which have been cited by hundreds of subsequent papers. He is a major contributor to the framework of Algebraic Quantum Field Theory.
- Wald, Robert M. (1992) . Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-87029-4. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Wald, Robert M. (1984). General Relativity. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-87033-2.
- Wald, Robert M. (1994). Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics. Chicago Lectures in Physics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-87027-8. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Wald, Robert M., ed. (1998). Black Holes and Relativistic Stars. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-87035-9. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Steele, Diana (June 12, 1997). "Graduate Teaching Award: Robert Wald". University of Chicago Chronicle 16 (9). Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- InSpire Database http://inspirehep.net/search?p=author%3AR.M.Wald.1%20AND%20collection%3Aciteable
- Robert M. Wald faculty page at the University of Chicago
- Robert Wald research articles cited by SLAC-SPIRES
- Robert Wald research articles cited by arXiv
- Some properties of Noether charge and a proposal for dynamical black hole entropy, Vivek Iyer and Robert M. Wald, Phys. Rev., D 50 (1994) 846-864 (sample research paper; cited over 250 times)
- Robert Wald at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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