About the Human: Chad Orzel

Chad Orzel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, where he regularly teaches physics to human students, and can't help bringing it home to the dog.

Chad was born and raised in central New York state, near Binghamton, and attended Williams College. He got a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and did research as a graduate student at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. His Ph.D. thesis advisor, Bill Phillips, shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics (though not because of anything Chad did). After graduating, he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University, studying quantum mechanical effects in Bose-Einstein Condensates, which he will happily explain at great length if you ask him.

In addition to teaching and doing research at Union, he maintains a physics-oriented weblog, Uncertain Principles as part of the ScienceBlogs project run by SEED magazine. He's also on Facebook and Twitter. He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, their two children, and Emmy, the Queen of Niskayuna.

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog is published by Scribner can be ordered from Amazon.com, IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, and Powell's.

How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog is published by Basic Books and can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's.

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