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physicist , university professor

Leonard Emanuel Parker, American physics professor. Recipient award, Gravity Research Foundation, 1974, 1980, 1984. Fellow: American Physical Society; member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences (member editorial board International Journal Modern Physics, Journal Mathematics Physics), American Association Physics Teachers.

Background

Parker, Leonard Emanuel was born on May 13, 1938 in New York City. Son of Jack and Anna Parker.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Rochester, 1960. AM, Harvard University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1967.

Career

During the late 1960s, Parker established a new area of physics - quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Specifically, by applying the technique of Bogoliubov transformations to quantum field theory with a changing gravitational field, he discovered the physical mechanism now known as gravitational particle production. His work inspired research by hundreds of physicists and has been cited in more than 2,000 research papers.

It was credited in the memoirs of Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov and helped Stephen Hawking discover the creation of particles by black holes. Recently, with David Toms of Newcastle University, Parker co-wrote a latest addition to graduate-level textbooks on quantum field theory in curved spacetime, entitled Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Quantized Fields and Gravity (Cambridge University Press, 2009, ). He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1967.

His advisor was Sidney Coleman. 1984 Elected Fellow, American Physical Society.

Achievements

  • 1984 Elected Fellow, American Physical Society2000 The Parker symposium.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Fellow: American Physical Society. Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences (member editorial board International Journal Modern Physics, Journal Mathematics Physics), American Association Physics Teachers.

Connections

Married Gloria Drucker, August 13, 1961. Children: David, Michael, Deborah.

father:
Jack Parker

mother:
Anna Parker

spouse:
Gloria Drucker

child:
David Parker

child:
Michael Parker

child:
Deborah Parker