Research Interests: The application of quantum field theory to problems in theoretical elementary particle physics. Topics include quantum anomalies, renormalization of quantum field theories, perturbative quantum chromodynamics, axions, nonperturbative applications of the large N expansion, dynamical symmetry breaking, weak matrix elements, top quark condensate models, electroweak fixed points and effective field theories.
William Allan Bardeen was born September 15, 1941 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the son of John Bardeen and Jane Maxwell Bardeen.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1962, Bardeen earned his Ph.D. Degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota in 1968. Following research appointments at S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Physics Department at Stanford University. In 1975, Bardeen joined the staff of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory where he has served as Head of the Theoretical Physics Department. During 1993-1994, he was Head of Theoretical Physics at the SSC Laboratory before its termination. He retired from Fermilab in December 2010.
Bardeen was awarded the 1996 J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society for his work on anomalies and perturbative quantum chromodynamics. In 1985, he was awarded a John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for research on the application of quantum field theory to elementary particle physics. Previously, he had received the Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship for research in theoretical physics. His graduate studies at the University of Minnesota were supported by the award of a NASA Traineeship.
Bardeen has held visiting appointments at a number of physics institutes around the world including the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany, the Research Institute for Fundamental Physics in Kyoto, Japan, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay, India, the University of Paris, the University of Valencia, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
He has served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society and has been a member of the Editorial Boards of The Physical Review and the Journal of Mathematical Physics. Bardeen was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1984. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999. He has also served as a Member and Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado.
Bardeen lives in Warrenville, Illinois with his wife Marge who is Head of the Education Office at Fermilab. He has two grown children, Chuck, an atmospheric scientist, and Karen, a high school chemistry teacher. His brother, James M. Bardeen, is retired as Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Washington, and his brother-in-law, Thomas J. Greytak, is retired as Professor of Low Temperature Experimental Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.