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Arthur G. Zajonc

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Physics Emeritus

Departmental affiliation: Physics and Astronomy


Research includes studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities, and contemplative traditions.

Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., University of Michigan (1976)
M.S., University of Michigan (1973)
B.S.E., University of Michigan (1971)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1991)

Teaching Interests

In addition to teaching the normal sequence of courses for physics students, I have a special interest in interdisciplinary teaching. I have often taught First-Year Seminars as well as upper level colloquia. Most recently, this has included the Eros and Insight with the art historian Professor Joel Upton. In the past, my interdisciplinary teaching has included Technology and Culture, The Imagined Landscape, The Nature of Light, Re-imagining the Human in a Technological Age and Romanticism and the Enlightenment.

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Professorship to Austria


Amherst College Magazine, "Erôs and Insight," spring 2004


See also: Research Interests and Selected Publications