Chad Orzel

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Chad Orzel
Chad Orzel & Kate Nepveu 2006.jpg
Chad Orzel & Kate Nepveu, 2006
Nationality United States
Fields Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Institutions Union College

Chad Orzel is a popular science author, noted for his books How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog (also called How to Teach Physics to Your Dog) which has been translated into 9 languages, and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog.[1][2]


Chad was born and raised in central New York state, near Binghamton, and attended Williams College. After graduating, he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University, studying quantum mechanical effects in Bose-Einstein Condensates.[2][3] He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, under Nobel Laureate William Daniel Phillips and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College specializing in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.

Writing career[edit]

In addition to teaching and doing research at Union, he maintains a physics-oriented weblog, Uncertain Principles as part of the ScienceBlogs project run by SEED magazine. He's also on Facebook and Twitter.[4] He published his first book, How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog in 2009. The book and its sequel How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog explain scientific concepts using a fictionalized version of Orzel's real-life dog Emmy as an audience surrogate.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, their two children, and their dog Emmy.[3]


  • Orzel, Chad, "How to Teach Physics to Your Dog". 2009. ISBN 1-4165-7228-7 According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1010 libraries,[5] and has been translated into German as Schrödingers Hund : Quantenphysik (nicht nur) für Vierbeiner,[6] into Dutch as Hoe leer je natuurkunde aan je hond, into Italian as La fisica spiegata al mio cane, into Spanish as Conversaciones de física con mi perro, into Polish as Jak nauczyć fizyki swojego psa, into Czech as Jak naučit svého psa fyziku, into Japanese as 犬でもわかる現代物理 / Inu demo wakaru gendai butsuri,[5] into Chinese as 跟狗狗一起學物理 / Gen gou gou yi qi xue wu li =, and into Thai as ฟิสิกส์ฉบับเจ้าตูบ,[5]
  • Orzel, Chad, "How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog". 2012. ISBN 0-4650-2331-2. Held in 836 libraries according to WorldCat.[5] It has been translated into German as Einsteins hund : relativittstheorie fr vierbeiner. and into Polish as Jak nauczyć teorii względności swojego psa.
  • Orzel, Chad, "Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist". 2014. ISBN 978-0-465-07496-9 Held in 413 libraries according to WorldCat [5]


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  2. ^ a b Contemporary Authors vol. 339, 2013. (available online as part of Gale's Literature Resource Center [1]
  3. ^ a b About Chad
  4. ^ "Uncertain Principles". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e WorldCat author file
  6. ^ Deutsche Nationalbibliothek entry for book

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