Eric Poisson

Department of Physics

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

(519) 824-4120 x53653

Eric Poisson
Department of Physics
University of Guelph

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I have been a faculty member at the University of Guelph since 1995, where I now hold the title of Professor of Physics. I served as Chair of the Department of Physics from 2008 to 2013. I am also an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, in Waterloo, Ontario.

My field of research is gravitational physics, with a focus on black holes and gravitational waves.

I was born in Montreal, and grew up in Rimouski and Quebec City, which I consider to be my home town. I obtained my BSc from Laval University in Quebec City, and then went to graduate school at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. I worked on my PhD from 1987 to 1991, under the supervision of Werner Israel. I then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in Kip Thorne's research group at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena. Before coming to Guelph I spent a year with Clifford Will at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 2005 I was awarded the Herzberg Medal by the Canadian Association of Physicists, for outstanding achievement by a physicist aged 40 or less.

In 2008 I was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, ``for important contributions to the theory of gravitational radiation from compact bodies orbiting black holes, to the theory of back-reaction of the emitted radiation on their motions, and to understanding the implications for gravitational-wave detection.''

For additional information please download my Curriculum Vitae.