John Rigden (Washington University in Saint Louis)

John S. Rigden is currently Honorary Professor of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his B. S. from Eastern Nazarene College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Upon completion of his graduate work, he was a post doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has served on the faculties of Eastern Nazarene College, Middlebury College, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 1987 he joined American Institute of Physics where he served as Director of Physics Programs. Rigden's scholarly work has been in the areas of molecular physics and the history of science.

Rigden was editor of the American Journal of Physics from 1978 to 1988. In 1992 he was the Director of Development of the National Science Standards Project at the National Academy of Sciences. In 1995 he was elected chairman of the History of Physics Forum of the American Physical Society. He has served on numerous committees of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Rigden is the author of Physics and the Sound of Music (John Wiley), Rabi: Scientist and Citizen (Basic Books), Hydrogen: The Essential Element (Harvard), and Einstein 1905: the Standard of Greatness. He co-edited Most of the Good Stuff, Memories of Richard Feynman and served as Editor-in-Chief for the four-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics and Building Blocks of Matter: A Supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics.

Currently he is co-editor (with Roger Stuewer) of the scholarly journal, Physics in Perspective, published by Birkhäuser Publishing in Basel, Switzerland. Rigden is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. Rigden is the 2005 winner of the Millikan Award given by AAPT. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Denison University.

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