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entrepreneur , Physics professor , engineering educator

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, Michigan, United States. Son of Arthur Edward and Mildred Edith (Hakes) Woollam.


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, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1979;director Center Microelectronic and Optical Materials Research, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1988;president, J.A. Woollam Company, Inc., Lincoln, since 1987.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Journal Applied Physics Committee, 1979-1994.


Fellow American Physical Society. Member American Vacuum Society (chairman thin film division 1989-1991).


Children: Catherine Jane, Susan June.

Arthur Edward Woollam

Mildred Edith (Hakes) Woollam

Catherine Jane Woollam

Susan June Woollam