Profile photo of William Walters
Contact Info
Room 3208 Chemistry Bldg.
William Walters
Professor Emeritus


  • A.S, Highland College, Highland, Kansas, 1957
  • B. S. Chemistry, Kansas State University, 1960
  • PhD. Physical Chemistry, University of Illinois, 1964

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1959
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Award, Kansas State U, 1959
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship, 1961-1963
  • University of Illinois Fellowship, 1963-1964
  • University of Maryland General Research Board Summer Award, 1971
  • Semester Awards, 1982, 1990, 1997
  • Guggenheim Fellow, Oxford University, 1986-1987
  • Outstanding Poster, Eastern Analytical Symp., 1996
  • UMCP Sigma Xi Award for Research, 1998
  • ACS Award in Nuclear Chemistry, 2001
  • Who’s Who in America, 2001
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship/Mainz/CERN, 2002/2006
  • Visiting Fellow University of Leuven/Belgium, 2008
  • Research Award, UMCP College Chem LFSC, 2010

Honorary Societies

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Xi

Positions and Appointments

  • Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964 - 1965
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965-1970
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1970-1977
  • Professor of Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1977- /emeritus, 2021
  • Associate Chairman, Department of Chemistry, 1982-1986
  • Summer Employee, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California, 1972
  • Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1978
  • Clarendon Laboratory and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, U. K., 1986-1987
  • Visitor, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1990
  • Chair, University of Maryland College Park Senate, 1999-2000
  • University Marshall, 2003

Recent Letters

N. Mărginean, D. Little, Y. Tsunoda, S. Leoni, R. V. F. Janssens, B. Fornal, T. Otsuka, C. Michelagnoli, L. Stan, F. C. L. Crespi, C. Costache, R. Lica, M. Sferrazza, A. Turturica, A. D. Ayangeakaa, K. Auranen, M. Barani, P. C. Bender, S. Bottoni, M. Boromiza, A. Bracco, S. Călinescu, C. M. Campbell, M. P. Carpenter, P. Chowdhury, M. Ciemała, N. Cieplicka-Ory`nczak, D. Cline, C. Clisu, H. L. Crawford, I. E. Dinescu, J. Dudouet, D. Filipescu, N. Florea, A. M. Forney, S. Fracassetti, A. Gade, I. Gheorghe, A. B. Hayes, I. Harca, J. Henderson, A. Ionescu, Ł.W. Iskra, M. Jentschel, F. Kandzia, Y. H. Kim, F. G. Kondev, G. Korschinek, U. Köster, Krishichayan, M. Krzysiek, T. Lauritsen, J. Li, R. Mărginean, E. A. Maugeri, C. Mihai, R. E. Mihai, A. Mitu, P. Mutti, A. Negret, C. R. Niţă, A. Olăcel, A. Oprea, S. Pascu, C. Petrone, C. Porzio, D. Rhodes, D. Seweryniak, D. Schumann, C. Sotty, S. M. Stolze, R. Şuvăilă, S. Toma, S. Ujeniuc, W. B. Walters, C. Y. Wu, J. Wu, S. Zhu, and S. Ziliani, “Shape Coexistence at Zero Spin in 64 Ni Driven by the Monopole Tensor Interaction”, Physical Review Letters 125, 102502 (2 September 2020).

N. Sensharma, U Garg, Q. B. Chen, S. Frauendorf, D. P. Burdette, J. L. Cozzi, K. B. Howard, S. Zhu, M. P. Carpenter, P. Copp, F. G. Kondev, T. Lauritsen, J. Li, D. Seweryniak, J. Su, A. D. Ayangeakaa, D. J. Hartley, R. V. F. Janssens, A. M. Forney, W. B. Walters, S. S. Ghugre, and R Palit, “Longitudinal Wobbling Motion in 187 Au”, Physical Review Letters 124, 052501 (5 February 2020).

A. D. Ayangeakaa, R. V. F. Janssens, S. Zhu, D. Little, J. Henderson, C. Y. Wu, D. J. Hartley, M. Albers, K. Auranen, B. Bucher, M. P. Carpenter, P. Chowdhury, D. Cline, H. L. Crawford, P. Fallon, A. M. Forney, A. Gade, A. B. Hayes F. G. Kondev, Krishichayan, T. Lauritsen, J. Li, A. O. Macchiavelli, D. Rhodes D. Seweryniak, S. M. Stolze, W. B. Walters, and J. Wu, “Evidence for Rigid Triaxial Deformation in 76 Ge from a Model- Independent Analysis”, Physical Review Letters 123, 102501 (6 September 2019).

Ł. W. Iskra, R. Broda, R. V. F. Janssens, M. P. Carpenter, B. Fornal, T. Lauritsen, T. Otsuka, T. Togashi, Y. Tsunoda , W. B. Walters, and S. Zhu, “Revised B(E3) transition rate and structure of the 3 - level in 96 Zr”, Physics Letters B 788, 396 (30 November 2018).

K. Auranen, D. Seweryniak, M. Albers, A. D. Ayangeakaa, S. Bottoni, M. P. Carpenter, C. J. Chiara, P. Copp, H. M. David, D. T. Doherty, J. Harker, C. R. Hoffman, R. V. F. Janssens, T. L. Khoo, S. A. Kuvin, T. Lauritsen, G. Lotay, A. M. Rogers, J. Sethi, C. Scholey, R. Talwar, W. B. Walters, P. J. Woods, and S. Zhu, “Superallowed a decay to doubly magic 100 Sn”, Physical Review Letters 121, 182501 (30 October 2018).

A. M. Forney, W. B. Walters, J. Sethi, C. J. Chiara, J. Harker, R.V.F. Janssens, S. Zhu, M. Carpenter, M. Alcorta, G. Gurdal, C.J. Hoffman, B.P. Kay, F.G. Kondev, T. Lauritsen, C.J. Lister, E.A. McCutchan, A.M. Rogers and D. Seweryniak, I Stefanescu “Novel ΔJ = 1 Sequence in 78 Ge: Possible Evidence for Triaxiality”, Physical Review Letters 120, 212501 (22 May 2018).