Russell Hobbie

Russell Hobbie

Russell Hobbie

Professor Emeritus, School of Physics and Astronomy



Ph.D., Harvard University, 1960

M.A., Harvard University, 1957

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1956

Professional Background

  • University of Minnesota
    • Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, 1998-present
    • Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1972-1998
    • Associate Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1965-72
    • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1962-65
    • Research Associate, University of Minnesota, 1960-62
  • Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1999
  • Director, Space Science Center, 1979-1984
  • Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 1984-1995

I retired in 1998. I can still be reached by e-mail. However, I do not have any students.


Research Interests

My interest is in biological and medical physics.

Honors and Awards

  • George Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award, Institute of Technology, 1995
  • Tau Beta Pi - Eminent Engineer, 1993
  • Distinguished Service Citation, Amer. Assoc. of Physics Teachers, 1986
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Minnesota Science Teachers Association, 1985
  • First Prize - AAPT Film Competition, 1969


Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology

The fifth edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, with co-author Brad Roth, is now available: Springer, 2015, ISBN 978-3-319-12681-4. Information, including the Table of Contents, and errata, can be found at An interview with me about the history of the book is available in the American Physical Society Division of Biological Physics Newsletter.

See also Brad Roth's weekly blog about the book:

Selected Publications

  1. J. Koser, T. Goerke and A. Eisenkraft, Active Physics: (The unit on Medicine), College Park, MD., American Association of Physics Teachers, 1998. Distributed by It's About Time, Inc. Armonk, NY
  2. E. Russell Ritenour and R. K. Hobbie, Imaging with Non-ionizing Radiation, Ch. 10 of W. R. Hendee (ed.) Biomedical Use of Radiation. Part A: Diagnostic Applications. VCH, 1997
  3. P. Carson et al., Radiation Science, Radiology Centennial, Inc. and Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co., 1995