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Charles Hyde

University Professor of Physics
Old Dominion University

Charles Earl Hyde is a University Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Physics at Old Dominion University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1993. His research is in the area of experimental nuclear physics, which he studies by bombarding atomic targets (primarily hydrogen and its heavy isotope deuterium) with high-energy electrons at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, in Newport News. The goal of his experiments is to form images of the quarks and gluons inside the proton and other atomic nuclei. The larger goal of this work is to better understand how the quark-gluon interactions generate over 95 percent of the mass of all the visible matter in the universe. Dr. Hyde is heavily involved in the design effort to bring a major new research facility — the Electron Ion Collider — to Virginia in the next decade.

Dr. Hyde was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and was the recipient of the Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award from ODU in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Hyde held a visiting “Excellence Chair” at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

At ODU, Dr. Hyde teaches a broad range of courses including introductory physics, the art of estimation, and advanced electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. He developed new curricula for introductory laboratories, the physics of music and advanced electronics. Dr. Hyde enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for physics with the larger community through diverse activities including co-founding the Society of Physics Students, annual Pumpkin Drop, presentations in schools, and hands-on physics demonstrations at numerous events. He has supervised nine senior theses students (B.S.), and five doctoral candidates and serves, since 2011, as the Chief Departmental Advisor (undergraduate) for the Physics Department.

Dr. Hyde received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife Christine live in Norfolk and have four children and two grandchildren.

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Charles Hyde


"I embrace the tension between the strict discipline necessary for serious scientific inquiry and the equally necessary nearly unlimited open-mindedness to new ideas."