Robert Sherman Wolff

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • California Institute of Technology, Senior Research Scientist

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Apple Inc.
  • National Science Foundation, Division of Networking and Communicaffons Research and Infrastructure
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory


  • Pasadena, California, United States of America


  • SIGGRAPH 1989

    Robert Wolff is senior research scientist in the User Technologies Group at Apple Computer. For 11 years prior to joining Apple he was a space physicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. He spent a significant amount of his time designing computing environments for planetary missions and doing graphics simulations of MHD phenomena. Wolff has been working on scientific visualization problems since 1981 and has produced several computer animations, articles and courses on scientific visualization. He is a member of the Voyager Plasma Science Team, guest investigator on the Pioneer Venus Mission, and a co-investigation on the Volcanology Experiment on the upcoming Earth Observing Systems Mission. He is visiting research scientist at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Astronomical Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery. Wolff holds B.S. and M.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT, respectively, and a Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University.  

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