James Williams

Emeritus Professor, MSc DipEd NE, PhD DSc ANU, DSc W.Aust., FAmIP, FAIP, FAA, FInstP, CPhys, SMIEEE

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Positions held: Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow from 1 July 2015
1980- Professor of Physics, Physics Department, University of Western Australia
1980-83, 83-86, 87-90 Head of the Physics Department, UWA; Winthrop Professor 2008-
1992 Dean, Faculty of Science, UWA; 1993 Head of Division of Agriculture and Science, UWA

1978-79: Senior Fellow, Science Research Council, UK
1970-80 Lect (1970), Snr Lect (1973), Reader (1976), Dept Physics, Queens University, Belfast, UK
1967-1970: Research Scientist, General Atomic, San Diego, Calif, USA.
1965-1967: NRC Fellow, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
1965 -1965 Research Scientist, AAERC, Lucas Heights, NSW.
1960-1964 Senior Demonstrator, Physics Department, Australian National University

1984- 2015 Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Physics B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys.
2000- Editor, Atomic Physics, Central European J Phys; 2014- Editor, Atomic Physics, Cogent Physics.
2001- 2005 Member, National Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Synchrotron.
2006-10 Member, National Endeavour Research Fellowship and Scholarships Selection Panel, DEST
1998- Member, Australian Academy of Science Committees [e.g. Chair Section 2 (Physics and Astronomy 2002-5), Selby Fellowship 2010/14, International Travel Grants]
2001- 2014 Member, UWA Senate Honorary Degrees Committee; External Examiner Uni. Malaya (1992-4)
1977-80 UK Science Research Council Physics Committee, and subcommittee on At Mol Plasma Physics.
1984-92 Member of IUPAP, Commission 15 on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and Spectroscopy.
1995-97 Member, International Conference Advisory Committees: ICPEAC and (e,2e) satellite; 2002-16 MPS

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Instrumentation, design, make and repair
  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Spectroscopy, particle and photon
  • Surface physics
  • Positron and nano-structure spectroscopy
  • Materials, defects and porosity


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