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John Arthur Woollam

John Arthur Woollam, American electrical engineering educator, physics professor, entrepreneur. Grantee National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, United States Air Force, Advanced Research Projects Agency. Trustee J.A. Woollam Foundation; Fellow American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society.


  • Woollam, John Arthur was born on August 10, 1939 in Kalamazoo. Son of Arthur Edward and Mildred Edith (Hakes) Woollam.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Physics, Kenyon College, 1961. Doctorate in Science (honorary), Kenyon College, 2008. Master of Science in Physics, Michigan State University, 1963.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Solid State Physics, Michigan State University, 1967. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1978. Doctorate (honorary), Linköping (Sweden) University, 2004.


    • Research scientist National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, 1967-1980. Professor University Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1979, director Center Microelectronic and Optical Materials Research, 1988—2000. President J.A. Woollam Company, Inc., since 1987.


    • Editor Journal Applied Physics Committee, 1979-1994.


    Trustee J.A. Woollam Foundation. Fellow American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society.


    • Children: Catherine Jane, Susan June.
    • father: Arthur Edward Woollam
    • mother: Mildred Edith (Hakes) Woollam
    • children: Catherine Jane Woollam
    • Susan June Woollam
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    Born August 10, 1939
    • 1961
      Kenyon College
    • 2008
      Kenyon College
    • 1963
      Michigan State University
    • 1967
      Michigan State University
    • 1978
      Case Western Reserve University
    • 2004
      Linkoping (Sweden) University
    • 1967 - 1980
      Research scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    • 1979
      professor, University Nebraska
      Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
    • 1987
      president, J.A. Woollam Company
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