Thorne Group Research and Education

Department of Physics

Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics

Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY • 14853 • (607)255-6487

Robert E. Thorne

Professor of Physics

Robert E. Thorne

Date and Place of Birth:

Winnipeg, Manitoba


USA and Canadian


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1987. Thesis title: Charge-Density-Wave Transport in Quasi-One-Dimensional Conductors.

B.S., University of Manitoba, Electrical Engineering, 1981. Thesis title: Syntactic Recognition of Abnormalities in the Electroencephalogram.

Professional Positions:

1988-1994: Assistant Professor of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1994-2000: Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2000-present: Professor of Physics, Cornell University

2004-2011: President and Founding Member, Mitegen, LLC: Microtechnologies for Structural Genomics

2011-present: Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Mitegen, LLC

Awards and Honors:

University of Manitoba Gold Medal, 1981

Manitoba Telephone System Thesis Prize, 1981

NSERC Science 1967 Award, 1981

Ross T. Martin Distinguished Graduate Research Award, 1987

Ethel and Minoru Tsutsui Distinguished Graduate Research Award, New York Academy of Sciences, 1987

NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1989

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1989

Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, 2011

Teaching & Education:

Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award, 2004

Faculty Appreciation Award (Cornell Fraternities and Sororities), 2006

Class of 1972 Innovations in Teaching Award, 2007

Course Director for Physics, Weill Cornell Medical School in Qatar, 2004-2013

Director, Cornell Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) site, 2007-present