Contact Us

Physics Department, Science Center, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Glenn Stark, Department Chair
Office: 262 Science Center
Phone: 781-283-3108
Email: gstark@wellesley.edu
Melanie Chamberlin, Administrative Assistant
Office: 361 Science Center
Phone: 781-283-3156
Email: mchamber@wellesley.edu


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    James Battat

    Assistant Professor of Physics

    Sc.B., Brown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Experimental particle astrophysics including dark matter detection and precision tests of gravity with lunar laser ranging (lab website).


  • Robbie Berg

    Professor of Physics

    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Laser based studies of new electronic materials.


  • George M. Caplan

    Senior Instructor in Physics Laboratory

    B.A., Swarthmore College; S.M., Harvard University

    Physics laboratory instructor; interested in electric power, lab instrumentation, and old-fashioned string theory.


  • Theodore W. Ducas

    Professor of Physics

    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engaged in laser spectroscopy, physics applied to biological systems, curricular development across disciplines, outreach to young learners and the public.


  • Jerome Fung

    Lecturer in Physics

    B.A., Swarthmore College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Experimental soft condensed matter physicist interested in actively engaging students in the classroom and laboratory.


  • Yue Hu

    Associate Professor of Physics

    B.S., Beijing University; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Experimental and theoretical work in complex fluids, mentoring students, using advanced computational tools in undergraduate physics curriculum.


  • Glenn Stark

    Professor of Physics

    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Molecular spectroscopist, focused on systems in atmospheric and astrophysical research.


  • Lauri L. Wardell

    Senior Instructor in Physics Laboratory

    B.S., Fort Lewis College; M.S., University of Kentucky

    Teacher of basic physics principles, with interests in intercultural relations; liaison for Watson Fellowship; returned Peace Corps volunteer.


Faculty Emeriti

  • Thomas J. Bauer

    Senior Instructor Emeritus in Physics Laboratory

    B.A., Wabash College; M.A., University of Idaho

    Teaches introductory and advanced physics laboratories.


  • Judy Brown

    Professor Emerita of Physics

    B.A. Rice University; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley; Postdoctoral Research at Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay

    Retired from teaching in 2005 and from research several years later. Currently pursuing an interest in equine photography.