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Thomas White

Physics Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor, Clemons-Magee Endowed Professor in Physics


  • 2017-Present: Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
  • 2017-2022: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2015-2017: Visiting Academic, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, Imperial College London, UK


  • Laboratory astrophysics and supersonic plasma turbulence
  • Equation of state and transport properties in planetary cores
  • Quantum (DFT) and classical molecular dynamics
  • Shock physics and material behavior at extreme conditions

Professional Awards

  • Culham Thesis Prize, Institute of Physics, UK, 2016
  • Ayliffe Prize, University of Bath, UK, 2010
  • CAREER award, National Science Foundation, 2021
  • Mousel-Feltner Excellence in Research Award, UNR, 2021


  • Ph.D., Physics, 2015 University of Oxford, UK
  • M.S., Physics, 2010 University of Bath, UK


Laboratory astrophysics and high energy density physics

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