Barry G. Ritchie is Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University's Tempe campus. With his research group and collaborators, he conducts experiments at international accelerator facilities aimed at better understanding how the protons and neutrons of atomic nuclei are constructed from quarks and gluons.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics from Appalachian State University, Prof. Ritchie earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear physics from the University of South Carolina, and served as a postdoctoral research associate at both the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. A member of the American Physical Society with over 200 refereed publications, Prof. Ritchie's research specialty is in experimental nuclear and particle physics. He has served on technical advisory panels at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). Prof. Ritchie's ASU research group has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since 1985.
On the Tempe campus, Prof. Ritchie also teaches physics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. During his career at ASU, he has taught courses ranging from introductory freshman physics to graduate-level nuclear and particle physics. His abilities as a teacher have been recognized by the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Physics and with the Dean's Quality Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Prof. Ritchie has also held a number of key administrative roles during his career at ASU. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor to the Provost at Arizona State University 2015-2016. From June 2012 to July 2015, he was Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, providing oversight for ASU's nearly 3,000 faculty members and 2,400 academic professionals. From 2011 to 2013, he also directed the university-wide effort that successfully secured the reaffirmation of the accreditation of Arizona State University by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission in 2013. Prof. Ritchie served as Interim Vice President and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU from 2006-2007. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU from 2000-2006, and Associate Chair of the department from 1995-2000. He has been with ASU since 1984, being promoted to Professor of Physics in 1996.
Precise measurement of the neutron magnetic form factor GMn in the Few-GeV2 region