Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College, USA.
Theoretical physics, general relativity.
His research mainly has focused upon the theory of quantum phenomena in strong gravitational fields, particularly quantum effects involving black holes and black hole thermodynamics. My interests also span attempts to formulate a quantum theory of gravitation (where no background classical metrical or causal structure of spacetime is present), mathematical investigations of classical general relativity, and applications of general relativity to cosmology and astrophysics (such as gravitational lensing phenomena and gravitational radiation reaction effects).
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1976
Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1997
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
National Academy of Sciences, 2001
Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes. R M. Wald. University of Chicago Press, 1977 (second ed. 1992).
Acceleration Radiation and the Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics. R. M. Wald and W.G. Unruh. Phys. Rev. D 25, 942, 1982.
General Relativity. R.M. Wald. University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Some Properties of Noether Charge and a Proposal for Dynamical Black Hole Entropy. R. Wald and V. Iyer. Phys. Rev. D 50, 846, 1994.
Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics. R.M. Wald. University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Axiomatic Approach to Electromagnetic and Gravitational Radiation Reaction of Particles in Curved Spacetime. T.C. Quinn and R.M. Wald. Phys. Rev. D 56, 3381, 1997.
Black Holes and Thermodynamics. R.M. Wald. In Black Holes and Relativistic Stars, ed. R.M. Wald, University of Chicago Press, 1998.
A New Method for Determining Cumulative Gravitational Lensing Effects in Inhomogeneous Universes. R.M. Wald and D.E. Holz, Phys. Rev. D 58, 063 501, 1998.
Gravitation, Thermodynamics, and Quantum Theory. R.M. Wald. Class. Quant. Grav. 16, A177, 1999.