Hugh H. Williams
Mary Amanda Wood Professor of Physics
Hugh Williams’s research focuses on studies of elementary particles with the goal of understanding nature at the most elemental level. This includes both identifying the most “fundamental particles” and studying their interactions. Earlier in his career, he studied the interactions of neutrinos in several different experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory; highlights included the first observation of a charmed baryon, the first quantitative measurements of the elastic scattering of neutrinos from protons, and refined measurements of the elastic scattering of neutrinos from electrons. These results played an important part in establishing the “Standard Model” of elementary particles, the current, highly successful theory which explains almost all known particle interactions.
He earned his B.S. in 1966 from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Stanford University.