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Russell Thompson

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Research interests: self-consistent field theory and density functional theory


Thompson earned his PhD from the Joint Programme for Theoretical Physics of the University of Western Ontario and then assumed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Reading in England. After further post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and Los Alamos National Laboratory, he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo in 2004.


  • PhD, University of Western Ontario
  • MSc, University of Regina
  • BSc, University of Ottawa

Russell Thompson

    University of Waterloo