Albert Simon

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Physics, Emeritus
PhD in Physics, University of Rochester, 1950

214 Laboratory for Laser Energetics
(585) 385-0976
Fax: (585) 256-2509



Professor Simon received his BS from the City College of NY (1947) and his PhD in physics from the University of Rochester (1950). He was a Physicist and then Associate Director of the Neutron Physics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1950-61). He joined General Atomic in 1966 and was Head of the Plasma Physics Division (1961-66). He joined the University as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Physics in 1966, and was also appointed a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in 1983.

Professor Simon was a Guggenheim Fellow (1964-65) and has held visiting positions at the Riso Laboratory of the Danish Atomic Energy Commission (1964-65), The Institute of Advanced Study (1974) and at Oxford (1975). He is the author of An Introduction to Thermonuclear Research (Pergamon 1959), past editor of Advances in Plasma Physics (Interscience), and co-author of the Encyclopedia Americana.

Research Overview

Professor Simon's research interests are in the field of theoretical plasma physics, with a focus on its applications to nuclear energy and, in particular, nuclear fusion reactors. He has studied the behavior of plasma in magnetic containers, in laser-produced pellets, and in space. Professor Simon is a member of the University's interdisciplinary program in high energy density plasma in collaboration with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

For further details, go to Professor Simon's home page at: www.me.rochester.edu/People/Faculty/simon.html.