T. Bill Sutherland

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Bill Sutherland
Born (1942-03-31) March 31, 1942 (age 77)
Alma materWashington University in St. Louis
Stony Brook
Known forQuantum many-body theory and statistical mechanics
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Utah
Doctoral advisorYang Chen-Ning

Bill Sutherland (born March 31, 1942) is a notable American theoretical physicist. He received his PhD in 1968 while studying under Nobel laureate C. N. Yang at Stony Brook.[1] He is best known for his work in statistical mechanics and quantum many body theory. Early in his career he solved the six vertex model and developed an exact solution in 1967, which he then followed with the eight vertex model in 1970. He completed his postdoctoral work at Berkeley in the 1969-1971 time frame where he became interested in inverse square potential many body interactions. He then became a professor of physics at the University of Utah in 1971 where he worked until his retirement in 2004. Most notably his name is associated with the Calogero-Sutherland model which is a major research area in theoretical physics and mathematics.[2]

For his profound contributions to the field of exactly solvable models in statistical mechanics and many-body physics, Sutherland was a co-recipient of the American Physical Society's 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, alongside Francesco Calogero and Michel Gaudin.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Sutherland, Bill (2004). Beautiful Models. World Scientific. ISBN 978-981-238-859-9.[4]


  1. ^ Bill Sutherland at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Baxter, Rodney J. (1982), Exactly solved models in statistical mechanics, London: Academic Press Inc. [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers], ISBN 978-0-12-083180-7, MR 0690578
  3. ^ https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/prizerecipient.cfm?last_nm=Sutherland&first_nm=Bill&year=2019
  4. ^ Batchelor, M. T. "Book Review of Beautiful Models: 70 Years of Exactly Solved Quantum Many-Body Problems". J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 38 (14): 3245. doi:10.1088/0305-4470/38/14/B03.

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