Health Sciences Research Division
Robert Compton's research at ORNL focused on experimental studies in atomic and molecular physics, particularly developments in the field of nonlinear laser spectroscopy and the physics of negative ions.
Dr. Compton received a BA in physics from Berea College in 1960, an MS in physics from the University of Florida in 1963, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tennessee in 1965.
For much of his career at the laboratory, Compton served as a group leader in molecular physics in the Health Sciences Research Division. He worked at ORNL until his retirement 1996. He then taught of physics and chemistry at the University of Tennessee until he retirement from the university in 2015.
Compton was honored in 1991 with the J.W. Beams Award by the American Physical Society and in 1995 with the Meggars Award by the Optical Society of America, which is presented annually to recognize outstanding work in spectroscopy.
Compton was named a Corporate Fellow in 1986 and a Senior Corporate Fellow in 1995.