William R. Simpson

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Bill Simpson
Born (1966-07-25) July 25, 1966 (age 48)
Residence Alaska
Nationality American
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alma mater Swarthmore College (B.A., 1988), Stanford University (Ph.D.,1995)
Doctoral advisor Richard N. Zare
Known for Cavity ring-down spectroscopy, Snowpack photochemistry, Stratospheric ozone
Notable awards NSF CAREER Grant Award (2001-2006), Research Innovation Award of the Research Corporation for cavity ring-down spectroscopy (1999), Flavored Ice Award for revolutionary snow flavoring techniques

William R. Simpson (born July 25, 1966) is a pioneer in the field of snow chemistry. He is also a current researcher at University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute and International Arctic Research Center and an associate professor in the chemistry department. He is the principal investigator of the atmospheric chemistry group and director of the university's NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. He is known internationally for his research.


Bill attained his B.A. in chemistry at Swarthmore College in 1988 and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Stanford University in 1995.[1][2]


  • CAREER Grant Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2001-2006 [3]
  • Research Innovation Award for cavity ring-down spectroscopy, Research Corporation 1999
  • Flavored Ice Award for revolutionary snow flavoring techniques


  • Cavity ring-down spectroscopy
  • Snowpack photochemistry
  • Stratospheric ozone

Selected publications[edit]

Simpson has more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals.[4]

  • Simpson, W. R., L. Alvarez-Aviles, T. A. Douglas, M. Sturm, and F. Domine (2005), Halogens in the coastal snow pack near Barrow, Alaska: Evidence for active bromine air-snow chemistry during springtime, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L04811.
  • Ayers, J. D., and W. R. Simpson (2006), Measurements of N2O5 near Fairbanks, Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D14309.
  • Ayers, J. D., R. L. Apodaca, W. R. Simpson, and D. S. Baer (2005), Off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy: application to atmospheric nitrate radical detection, Appl. Optics., 44, 7239-7242.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Bill Simpson Profile". Archived from the original on 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Bill Simpson's CV". Retrieved 2007-06-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Bill Simpson Career Award". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  4. ^ Microsoft Word - Simpson_CV_Sep_07.doc