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Full name: 
Glenn S Smith
Job title: 
Regents Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Electromagnetics, Optics and Photonics
Email address: 
Work phone: 
VL W329

Dr. Smith received the B.S.E.E. degree from Tufts University, Medford, MA, in 1967 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 1968 and 1972, respectively.

From 1972 to 1975, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University and also as a part-time Research Associate and Instructor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Research interests: 
  • Basic electromagnetic theory and measurements
  • Antennas and wave propagation in materials
  • Radiation and reception of pulses by antennas
  • Fellow of IEEE
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi
  • Member of URSI Commissions A and B

G.S. Smith, "An Experimental Demonstration for a Well-Known Example of Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 42, pp. 1-12, January 2021.

G.S. Smith, "The Microscopic Origins of Radiation from Simple Metallic Antennas," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 40, pp. 1-11, July 2019.

G.S. Smith, "Benjamin Franklin and the Dissectible Capacitor: His Observations Might Surprise You," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 38, pp. 1-14, November 2017.

G.S. Smith, "Analysis of Hertz's Experimentum Crucis on Electromagnetic Waves," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 58, pp.96-108, October 2016.

G.S. Smith, “Joseph Henry's Role in the Discovery of Electromagnetic Induction," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 38, pp. 1-18, December 2016.

G.S. Smith, “A Simple Derivation for the Skin Effect in a Round Wire,” European Journal of Physics, Vol. 35, pp. 1-6, March 2014.

G.S. Smith, “Faraday's First Dynamo: A Retrospective," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 81, pp. 907-917, December 2013.

G.S. Smith, "The Relativistic Transformation for an Electromagnetic Plane Wave with General Time Dependence," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 33, pp. 307-314, March 2012.

G.S. Smith, "A Simple Electromagnetic Model for the Light Clock of Special Relativity," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 32, pp. 1585-1595, November 2011.

G.S. Smith, "Visualizing Special Relativity: the Field of an Electric Dipole Moving at Relativistic Speed," European Journal of Physics, Vol. 32, pp. 695-710, May 2011.

G.S. Smith, "A Different Introduction to the Guiding of Electromagnetic Waves," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 79, pp. 282-290, March 2011.

G.S. Smith, "Structural Color of Morpho Butterflies," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 77, pp. 1010-1019, November 2009.

R.T. Lee and G.S. Smith, "A Detailed Electromagnetic Simulation for the Structural Color of Butterfly Wings," Applied Optics, Vol. 48, pp. 4177-4190, 20 July 2009.

G.S. Smith, "Summing the Molecular Contributions to Skylight," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 76, pp. 816-825, September 2008.

G.S. Smith and J.G., Maloney, "Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method Applied to Antennas," Chapter 30 in C.A. Balanis, Modern Antenna Handbook, pp. 1495-1530, Wiley, 2008.

G.S. Smith, "The Polarization of Skylight: An Example from Nature," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 74, pp. 25-35, January 2007.

G.S. Smith, "Loop Antennas," Chapter 5 in J. L. Volakis, Antenna Engineering Handbook, Fourth Edition, pp. 5-1 – 5 -25, McGraw-Hill, 2007.

G.S. Smith, Human Color Vision and the Unsaturated Blue Color of the Daytime Sky, American Journal of Physics, Vol. 73, pp. 590-597, July 2005.

G.S. Smith, A Direct derivation of a Single-Antenna Reciprocity Relation for the Time Domain, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 52, pp. 1568-1577, June 2004.

G.S. Smith, An Introduction to Classical Electromagnetic Radiation, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 653 pages, 1997.

R.W.P. King and G.S. Smith, Antennas in Matter: Fundamentals, Theory and Applications, MIT Press, 868 pages, 1981; Russian Edition, MIR Press, Moscow, 1984.

Last revised February 2, 2023