Falk in 2010
|17th President of Williams College|
April 1, 2010
|Alma mater||UNC–Chapel Hill
Early life and education
Falk (born April 19, 1965) grew up on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where his father Werner chaired the Philosophy Department. Falk graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (1983), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1987), and holds a Ph.D in physics from Harvard University.
Falk joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 1994, after a post-doc. He became full professor rapidly, in 2000. He later served as the James B. Knapp Dean at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University from 2005. He joined Williams College in 2010.
He lives off-campus in Williamstown and is married with three children; David, Briauna, and Alex. He has several siblings including an older brother, Jim Falk, also a physicist and former university leader, in Melbourne, Australia.
Falk is a high-energy physicist whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, particularly the interactions and decay of heavy quarks. Some of his work is cited over 700 times - for example;
- A.F. Falk, H.Georgi, B.Grinstein, M.B. Wise 1990. Heavy meson form factors from QCD. Nuclear Physics B 343 (1): 1-13
- Fellow of the American Physical Society
- Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Morehead-Cain Scholar, University of North Carolina
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