Bob Hamilton received his BS in physics from the University of Puget Sound in 1985 and a PhD in physics at UCLA in 1991. During his time at UCLA he was an affiliate for one semester at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara and travelled as far north as the Auroral Observatory at the University of Tromso, Norway pursuing research in space physics. His primary research interest is in the nonlinear dynamics of the solar wind using both mathematical and numerical methods. He has done postdoctoral research as a JSPS Fellow at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan and further postdoctoral research at the Program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona.
Prior to joining the George Fox University faculty in 2003, Bob had previously served on the faculty of Ouachita Baptist University from the Fall semester of 1993 and subsequently had served on the faculty of Angelo State University from the Fall semester of 1997. He has enjoyed serving as a mentor for undergraduate research, with his ongoing work alongside Richter Scholars students studying the stability of MHD shocks.
Bob is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society. He enjoys woodworking, the violin and time with his wife and three daughters and takes time showing them the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest.