Bernard J. Feldman  

Bernard J.Feldman





Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phone: (314) 516-6805



Professional Preparation

  • Harvard University, Physics, Ph.D in 1972.
  • Harvard University, Physics, A.M. in 1968.
  • University of California, Berkeley, Physics, A.B. in 1967.
  • City College of San Francisco, Physics, A.A. in 1965.



  • 2010-2014, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2000-2018, Associate Dean, Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program.
  • 1998-2000, Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1991-1998, Director, Center for Molecular Electronics.
  • 1990-1996, Chairperson, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • 1985-present, Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri-St.Louis.
  • 1980-1985, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • 1974-1980, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • 1972-1974, Assistant Research Physicist at the University of California, Berkeley.


Most Recent Teaching Publications

  • B. J. Feldman, "An Introduction to Electrodynamics and Special Relativity," US-China Educational Review, A6, 380-384(2016).
  • B. J. Feldman, "An Introduction to Special Relativity," US-China Educational Review A5, 764-769 (2015).
  • B. J. Feldman, "Why Acceleration?" US-China Educational Review A5, 223-227 (2015).
  • B. J. Feldman, "American Automobile and Light Truck Statistics Update," The Physics Teacher 52,174-175 (2014).
  • B. J. Feldman, "Radiocarbon Dating." US-China Educational Review A 3, 207-210 (2013).
  • B. J. Feldman, "The Character of Science," US-China Educational Review A9, 826-829 (2012).
  • B. J. Feldman, "Teaching Scientific Ethics using the Example of Hendrik Schon," US-China Educational Review A4, 418-423 (2012).
  • B. J. Feldman, "The Elementary Physics of Four Bridge Failures," US-China Educational Review B5, 669-677 (2011).
  • B. J. Feldman, "The Collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis," The Physics Teacher 48, 541 (2010).
  • B. J. Feldman, "An Introduction to Solar Cells," The Physics Teacher 48, 306 (2010).
  • B. J. Feldman, "London Bridge's Wobble and Sway," Physics Today 63 (3), 8 (March 2010).
  • B. J. Feldman, "The Hybrid Automobile and the Atkinson Cycle," The Physics Teacher 46, 420 (2008).


Most Recent Research Publications



Science Policy Publications



Book Reviews

  • "Neutrino" Physics in Perspective 14, 519-520 (2012).
  • "The Quest for a Fusion Energy Reactor," Physics in Perspective 13, 116-117 (2011).
  • "Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein," American Journal of Physics 79, 687 (2011).
  • "On Fact and Fraud," Physics Today 63 (7), 50 (2010); 63 (11), 11 (2010).


Synergistic Activities

  • Based on my interaction with the HNTB Company engineering firm, which is designing a new bridge across the Mississippi River at St. Louis, I have published a pedagogical article on the physics of suspension bridges, B. J. Feldman,"What to say about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to your introductory physics class", The Physics Teacher 41, 92-96 (2003).
  • In response to an article on pedagogical approaches to physics education, I have published a response briefly stating my pedagogical approach, B. J. Feldman," Comment on 'How do we know if we are doing a good job in physics teaching' ", American Journal of Physics 70, 471 (2002).
  • Based on my experience as a consultant in an automobile accident legal proceedings, I have published a pedagogical article describing the physics involved in this case, that could be used in any introductory physics class. B.J. Feldman, "Elementary physics in a real automobile accident", The Physics Teacher 25, 335-338 (1997).
  • From 1988 to 2001, I have been Chairman of the small Committees Program, which is part of the American Physical Society's Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists. The small Committee Program adopts physicists from around the world whose human rights are being violated by their governments and pairs them up with physicists who wish to help them. I have organized, coordinated, informed and disbanded over two hundred small Committees.

Last Revised : 25 January 2013.
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