Ernest M. Henley

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Dr. Ernest Mark Henley (born June 10, 1924 in Germany) is an American atomic and nuclear physicist.[1]

In 1944 Dr. Henley received a B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York. He worked at the Airborne Instruments Laboratory as an electrical engineer from 1946 to 1948. Between 1948 and 1951 he worked at Stanford University, and received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1952. Until 1954, he was a Jewett Fellow and lecturer at Columbia University, and later a professor at the University of Washington. In 1976 Dr. Henley calculated with Lawrence Wilets the effects on parity non-conservation in atomic physics.[2] 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.[3] He also teaches Physics at the University of Washington's Transition School and Early Entrance Program.[4] In 2014 at the age of 90 (and much to the disappointment of his students) Dr. Henley retired from this position.

Since 1979 he has been 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.


  • with Walter Thirring: Elementare Quantenfeldtheorie, BI Verlag 1975 (English original: Elementary Quantum Field Theory, McGraw Hill 1962)
  • with Hans Frauenfelder: Nuclear and Particle Physics, Benjamin 1975
  • with Hans Frauenfelder: Subatomic Physics, Prentice-Hall 1974, 2nd edn. 1991, (in German): Teilchen und Kerne: Subatomare Physik, Oldenbourg 1979, 4th edn. 1999


  1. Biography from the APS
  2. Parity non conservation in Bi and Tl atoms, Physical Review A, vol.14, 1976, p.1411
  3. Henley, Ernest M. [1], "from CURRICULUM VITAE Ernest M. Henley", accessed 5 April 2011
  4. [2], accessed 5 April 2011