William H. Brantley

William Brantley

Professor of Physics

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William H. Brantley has had an impressive career teaching thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, introductory classes, and physics for non-majors, including a unique, interdisciplinary course of his own creation. Brantley became a member of Furman's faculty in 1966 and served as the department's chair from 1967 to 1979. He is a founding member on the executive board of the University Radioactive Ion Beam Consortium, a nuclear physics research consortium based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


  • Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society's George B. Pegram Award, 2005.
  • Alester G. Furman Jr. Award for meritorious teaching, 2012


  • American Physical Society
  • Eastern Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: Physics Honor Society
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Society of the Sigma X


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A, Mercer University