Clifford Martin Will


Clifford Martin Will (born 1946) is a Canadian-born theoretical physicist noted for his contributions to general relativity.[1]

Clifford M. Will
Hamilton, Ontario
Alma materMcMaster University (B.Sc. 1968)
California Institute of Technology (PhD 1971)
Known forPost-Newtonian expansions
AwardsAlbert Einstein Medal (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsGeneral relativity
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago (1972–1974)
Stanford University (1974–1981)
Washington University in St. Louis (1981–2012)
University of Florida (2012–present)
ThesisTheoretical Frameworks for Testing Relativistic Gravity: Parametrized Post-Newtonian Formalism (1971)
Academic advisorsKip Thorne

Life and workEdit

Will was born in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1968, he earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University. At Caltech, he studied under Kip Thorne, earning his Ph.D. in 1971.[2][3] He has taught at the University of Chicago and Stanford University, and in 1981 joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012, he moved to a faculty position at the University of Florida.[1]

Will's theoretical work has centered on post-Newtonian expansions of approximate solutions to the Einstein field equation, a notoriously difficult area which forms the theoretical underpinnings essential for such achievements as the indirect verification by Russell Hulse and Joseph Taylor of the existence of gravitational radiation from observations of a binary pulsar.[1]

Will's book reviewing experimental tests of general relativity is widely regarded as the essential resource for research in this area; his popular book on the same subject was listed by The New York Times as one of the 200 best books published in 1986.[1]

Will was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1996–1997.[4] From 2009 to 2018, Will was the editor-in-chief of IOP Publishing's journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.[1]

Honors and awardsEdit

He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989 [5] and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.[1]

In 2019, Will received the Albert Einstein Medal, awarded each year since 1979 by the Albert Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland, for his "important contributions to General Relativity, in particular including the Post-Newtonian expansions of approximate solutions of the Einstein field equations and their confrontation with experiments."[6]

Bibliographic informationEdit

According to the NASA ADS database, the h-index of Professor Will is 57.

Selected worksEdit

  • Will, Clifford M. (2014). "The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment". Living Reviews in Relativity. 17 (1): 4. arXiv:1403.7377. Bibcode:2014LRR....17....4W. doi:10.12942/lrr-2014-4. PMC 5255900. PMID 28179848. S2CID 15329710.
  • Will, Clifford M. (1981). Theory and experiment in gravitational physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-23237-6.
  • Will, Clifford M. (1993). Was Einstein right?: putting general relativity to the test. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-09086-9. (original publication date 1986)
  • Will, Clifford M.; Poisson, Eric (2014). Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107032866.
  • Will, Clifford M. (2018). Theory and experiment in gravitational physics. 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-11744-0.
  • Will, Clifford M.; Yunes, Nicolás (2020). Is Einstein Still Right? Black holes, gravitational waves and the quest to verify Einstein's greatest creation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198842125.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Will, Clifford M. "Autobiographical Sketch – Clifford M. Will". University of Florida. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Clifford Martin Will at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Will, Clifford M. – CaltechTHESIS
  4. ^ Clifford M. Will – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". APS. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Cliff Will wins the 2019 Albert Einstein Medal". Department of Physics, University of Florida. February 20, 2019.

External linksEdit

  • "Will's website, Dept. of Physics, U. of Florida".
  • Clifford Will Interview: Black holes – the (w)hole story
  • Publications of Clifford Martin Will in the database SPIRES
  • preprints for C. Will
  • search on author Clifford Will from Google Scholar