William Skocpol


Professor (Physics, ECE)

Professor (Physics, ECE)

  • Primary Appointment Physics Department
  • Education Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard, 1974 ; M.A. in Physics, Harvard, 1971 ; B.A. in Physics, Michigan State University, 1968
  • Additional Affiliations Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Danforth Fellowship to Harvard grad school 1969-1973
    Paul Rappaport Award, 1985, Best Paper in IEEE Electron Devices Society Journal
    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, 1987
    APS Fellow
    APS Referee career award
  • Classes Taught PY105, 106, 211, 212, 313
  • Research Areas Nonequilibrium Superconductivity and Josephson Junctions, Nanofabrication and Quantum Physics of Small Electronic Devices and High Tc Superconducting Thin Films.


Departmental and University service activities only, since 1996. Knowledgeable about Nonequilibrium Superconductivity and Josephson Junctions (1970’s at Harvard), Nanofabrication and Quantum Physics of Small Electronic Devices (1980-87 at Bell Labs Holmdel), High Tc Superconducting Thin Films (1987-1995 at Bell and then Boston University). Designed Optoelectronics Processing Facility (8th floor Photonics).

Born Akron Ohio, 1946. From Crete Nebraska (1948-1957); Dallas/Richardson Texas (1957-1964); worked summers at Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (now UTD), 1964,1965, 1966; attended Michigan State University 1964-1968; taught at St. Agnes High School, Flint Michigan, 1968-1969, grad school and junior faculty at Harvard University 1969-1980;  AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J. 1980-19987; Boston University beginning 1987.

Skocpol taught introductory physics courses (PY105, 106, 211, 212, 313) and served as Faculty Director of the Physics Department. He negotiated who taught what, supervised course scheduling, analyzed departmental trends based on accumulated data and dealt with special projects regarding space, including grad student room assignments and renovation projects. He was Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council (2001-3), as well as Dean Search Committees and the like, and was chair of the University Council Committee on Faculty Policies during the multi-year period over which the committee conducted a major restructuring of faculty policies as expressed in the Faculty Handbook.

Affiliation: Affiliated Faculty (ECE),