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Barry G. Ritchie

Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State University


Barry G. Ritchie is Interim Dean, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, ASU West and Professor of Physics. He conducts research in experimental medium energy physics, probing the structure of nucleons and their interactions with mesons. Professor Ritchie received a B.S. in physics from Appalachian State University in 1975. His graduate studies at the University of South Carolina (USC) were in heavy-ion nuclear physics, using the UNISOR isotope separator facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for his master’s (1977) and doctoral (1979) degrees. He then began research in medium energy physics at the Clinton P. Anderson Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) in Los Alamos, NM and at the Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) in Villigen, Switzerland, serving as a postdoctoral fellow at USC (1980–83) and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland (1983-1984). He joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 1984, and has served as Associate Chair (1994–2000) and Chair (2000 to present) of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since coming to ASU, his research has branched out to include work with photon-induced reactions at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia and with neutrinos in the Palo Verde Neutrino Detector Laboratory. A member of the American Physical Society, Ritchie has served on technical advisory panels for facilities at LAMPF, PSI, and Jefferson Lab, and as spokesman for numerous experiment collaborations at national laboratories. He has published over 90 papers in refereed journals on his research, supported by external funding of nearly $3 million.