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Stephen Thornton, Professor of Physics, University of Virginia. He is a nuclear physicist, but has worked
in science education for the past 15 years and is Director of the Master of Arts in Physics Education degree
program at UVa, where he has graduated 135 high school physics teachers. Recently, he became interested
in Energy on which he is writing an undergraduate textbook. He taught a course on Energy at UVa in the
2012 fall semester. He did his doctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, nearby the University of
Tennessee where he received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics. He has over 125 research publications
and has directed the research of 25 graduate students who received UVa graduate degrees. Professor
Thornton has received two Fulbright-Hays fellowships and a Max Planck fellowship for research in Germany,
where he lived for two separate periods of a year each. He has visited 60 countries and has done physics
research in facilities all over the world. He is a member of numerous physics and scientific organizations,
including the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. He loves
teaching and has written three undergraduate physics textbooks.