frank barish - physics 100
Dr. Frank Barish was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in Southern California. He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He married his girlfriend of four years and they spent the next four years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Following the Air Force he attended graduate school at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado where he received a Ph.D. in Physics. His specific research area of interest was associated with the earth’s “magnetosphere” (a region of ionized particles, electric, and magnetic fields surrounding the earth).
After graduation he spent two years doing research at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the National Academy of Sciences. He and his family finally settled in Northern California where he went to work as a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA. Besides performing research at LLNL, he was also able to teach, part time, at both the High School and College levels. Dr. Barish retired from LLNL in 2005.
Since retiring from research, he has continued to teach, both on-ground and on-line, courses in physics, math, general science, and environmental studies.
Throughout his life he has always enjoyed mathematics, physics, and teaching. Helping people of any age discover the laws of nature is inspiring to him.