Winthrop Smith

Research Interests

I work with students in experimental atomic and molecular physics, using tools like laser spectroscopy and doing collision studies using laser-excited atomic and molecular beams, accelerated beams of ions, ion-traps and, most recently, surfaces. I’ve also worked in nonlinear dynamics and chaos. For undergrads, I try to use research insights in class and lab to bring out the joy of physics.



  • Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963
  • B.A., Physics, Amherst College, 1958


  • 2009-present: Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 1975-2009: Professor of Physics, University of Connecticut

Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi