Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

Gordon P. Ramsey, Ph.D.

‌Office: 305 Cudahy Science Building

Phone: 773.508.3540
Fax: 773.508.3534
E-mail: gpr@anl.gov

Joined Loyola in 1982

Resident Associate Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory , High Energy Physics Division (1986-present)


  • Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology (1982)
  • M.S. Illinois Institute of Technology (1972)
  • B.A. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1970)


  • Math Methods
  • Physics of Music
  • Theoretical Mechanics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Microprocessor Design and Interfacing
  • College Physics I and II.
  • Particle Physics


Dr. Ramsey’s research focuses on theoretical studies of spin-polarized fundamental particles and experimental planning to test high energy spin physics theories. His collaborators include Dennis Sivers of Portland and Loyola graduate Yev Binder. Dr. Ramsey is also active in physics education research, studying effective approaches to high school physics teaching with Loyola graduate Melissa Nemeth. He has done research on gender and science anxiety with Jeffry Mallow and Maria Udo of the Loyola physics department.

Dr. Ramsey is also doing research in musical acoustics. He and his students study the physical and musical properties of musical instruments. Their most recent research focuses on stringed instruments and harmonicas.

Dr. Ramsey has developed several courses in the Loyola curriculum, including Digital Electronics, Microprocessor Design and Interfacing, Math Methods for Physics, Physics of Music and Special Topics in Particle Physics. He has developed tutorial software (available through Physics Academic Software) with collaborator Tom Ruubel, physics department, in instruction and use of the oscilloscope.

Dr. Ramsey is active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), having served on its Executive Board. He has served on numerous national committees and held offices in local AAPT sections.  He is now the Chicago Section Representative to the national AAPT. At Loyola, he is the Chair of the Faculty Council.  He was involved in the creation and operation of the Loyola Young Scholars Program for 13 years and has been engaged in offering summer AP Physics workshops for high school teachers with Martha Lietz of Niles West HS for 13 years. He and colleague Asim Gangopadhyaya, physics department, are participating in middle school workshops in the SEPUP curriculum for CPS teachers, conducted by Loyola’s Center for Science and Math Education.


Gordon Ramsey CV