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William Frazer

William Frazer, photo from Berkeley Physics

William Frazer is Senior Vice President, Emeritus of the University of California (UC) system and Professor of Physics Emeritus, UC Berkeley. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the American University of Armenia, the Aspen Center for Physics, and the Aspen Science Center. From 1981 to 1991, Frazer was Senior Vice President of the University of California’s nine-campus system. During Frazer’s term a gift of almost $200 million from the Keck Foundation gave UC, in partnership with Caltech, the opportunity to design, build, and operate the twin ten-meter Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii.

In 1991 the American University of Armenia, located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California, was founded. Frazer was the founding chairman of the Board of Trustees and is still a member. From 1960 to 1981 Frazer was a member of the Department of Physics of the University of California, San Diego, where he conducted research and published extensively on the theory of the elementary particles. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Carleton College.

William Frazer, photo from Berkeley Physics

Positions Held

Trustee, 1994 – 2000
General Member, 1993 – 2008
Vice President, 1994 – 2007
Honorary Member, 2008 – 2011
Honorary Trustee, 2011 – current