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Seattle University

Wick Haxton
University of California, Berkeley

Jerry Miller
University of Washington

Larry McLerran
Institute for Nuclear Theory

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Symmetry in Subatomic Physics: In Memory of Ernest Henley

September 10-11, 2018

There will be a 2-day "Symmetry in Subatomic Physics" symposium held at University of Washington in memory of Ernest Henley from September 10 to 11, 2018. This symposium is to honor Ernest Henley's accomplishments as a scientist, academic, and compassionate human being. The meeting is jointly sponsored by the UW Physics department and the Institute for Nuclear Theory.

Ernest Henley spent most of his career in the Department of Physics at the University of Washington. He was an internationally famous theoretical nuclear physicist. He also was a builder of institutions as a Chair of the Department of Physics, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a founder of the Institute for Nuclear Theory.

To quote from Wikipedia:
"Dr. Ernest Mark Henley (June 10, 1924 in Germany - March 27, 2017[1]) was an American atomic and nuclear physicist.[2]

In 1944 Dr. Henley received a B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York. From 1944 to 1946, he served in the navy, decommissioning and repairing electrical equipment on ships. He worked at the Airborne Instruments Laboratory as an electrical engineer from 1946 to 1948. Between 1950 and 1951 he worked at Stanford University, and received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1952. From 1952 to 1954, he was a Jewett Fellow and lecturer at Columbia University. In 1954, Dr. Henley accepted a faculty position at the University of Washington where he remained for his entire career, serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences between 1979 and 1987.

Over the course of his research career, Dr. Henley studied symmetries in nuclear physics.[3] In 1976 Dr. Henley calculated with Lawrence Wilets the effects on parity non-conservation in atomic physics.[4] From 1979 to 1987 he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there and Director of the Institute for Theoretical Nuclear Physics in 1990-1991. He has been Professor Emeritus since 1995.[5] He dedicated his retirement to teaching Physics at the University of Washington's Transition School and Early Entrance Program, the Robinson Center for Young Scholars.[6] In 2014 at the age of 90 (and much to the disappointment of his students) Dr. Henley retired from this position.

Since 1979 he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1992 he was president of the American Physical Society, where he chaired the Nuclear Physics section from 1979 to 1980. In 1989 he received the Tom W. Bonner prize in nuclear physics."

Symposium Speakers:

  • Mary Alberg
  • Alfons Buchmann
  • Stephen Ellis
  • Ben Gibson
  • Wick Haxton
  • Pervez Hoodbhoy
  • Mikkel Johnson
  • David Kaplan
  • Leonard Kisslinger
  • Gastao Krein
  • Jerry Miller
  • Michael Ramsey-Musolf
  • Mal Ruderman
  • Robert Stacey, Dean
  • Wolfram Weise
  • Anthony G. Williams
If you would like to attend this symposium, please RSVP with Kimberlee Choe ( by August 17, 2018.

There will be a symposium dinner at the UW club on Monday, September 10th. If you would like to attend the dinner, there will be a $35 dinner registration fee. When emailing Kimberlee, please let her know if you would like to attend the dinner, or just participate in the talks during the day. For the symposium dinner, we must have the final count by August 10th.