Dr. William (Bill) Brinkman was presented with our department’s Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Career Award during the Friday evening banquet of our recent annual Physics Leaders gathering on October 13, 2017. Dr. Brinkman is the first recipient of this newly established award.
He received his PhD in physics from the University of Missouri in 1965. His career spanned innovative research and high-level management and leadership positions at Bell Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories, Princeton, and the Department of Energy, where he served as head of the Office of Science
Dr. Brinkman’s other service in the physics community includes serving as president of the American Physical Society in 2002 and chairing the National Academy of Sciences’ Physics Survey, the eight-volume collection known as the “Brinkman Report.” He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was a recipient of the 1994 George E. Pake Prize. Our department is honored to count Dr. Brinkman among our alumni.