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Wolfgang Lothar Wiese Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Wiese has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of physics

Overall, his scientific work is recorded in more than 250 publications, including 15 book chapters.

    BETHESDA, MD, May 11, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Wolfgang Lothar Wiese is a celebrated Marquis Who's Who biographee. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Wiese a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Wiese celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

About Wolfgang Lothar Wiese
In the field of atomic physics, Dr. Wolfgang Wiese is an accomplished scientist and author with decades of experience. Highly regarded for his work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Dr. Wiese has been very productive as a researcher and has also led the NIST plasma spectroscopy section and, since 1977, the NIST Atomic Physics Division, which at his retirement in 2004 consisted of 65 Ph.D. scientists. Since then, he has remained at NIST as a contractor and research associate.

Drawn to physcs at an early age, Dr. Wiese took to education to explore his passion. He earned a doctorate at the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1957, then moved to the USA as a junior faculty member at the University of Maryland, and from there in 1960 to NIST, where he spent essentially all of his career. In addition to leading the above noted research groups, he has been personally involved in high precision measurements of the shapes of the famous Balmer spectral lines of hydrogen under very controlled plasma environments, very similar to those of stellar atmospheres and the sun. These measurements are to this day still the yardstick for all theoretically calculated Balmer line shapes. Dr. Wiese also discovered and analyzed regularities and systematic trends in atomic oscillator strengths, especially for isoelectronic transitions from neutral to highly ionized atoms, and he has been one of the pioneers in developing a critically evaluated database for large numbers of atomic and ionic transitions of all chemical elements. With several co-workers, he produced six data volumes on atomic oscillator strengths, also known as Einstein A-coefficients, covering most chemical elements with their ions, of which two have been cited as "Citation Classics", each being cited more than 3000 times.

Overall, his scientific work is recorded in more than 250 publications, including 15 book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Washington Academy of Sciences, a member of the International Astronomical Union, and has been a long standing member of the atomic data committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He has been a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the Ruhr University and the University of Rostock, all in Germany, and the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo.


Silver Medal and Gold Medal, U. S. Department of Commerce, 1962 and 1971
Guggenheim Fellow, 1966
Humboldt Award, 1986
Distinguished Career in Science Award, Washington Academy of Sciences, 1992
Allen W. Astin Measurement Science Award, 1992
Honorary Doctorate, University of Kiel, Germany, 1993
Distinguished Postdoctoral Award, University of Maryland, 2003

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