Fred Alan Wolf
Wolf, c. 2005
Born (1934-12-03) December 3, 1934 (age 86)
EducationPhD in theoretical physics, 1963
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationPhysicist, science writer

Fred Alan Wolf (born December 3, 1934) is an American theoretical physicist specializing in quantum physics and the relationship between physics and consciousness. He is a former physics professor at San Diego State University, and has helped to popularize science on the Discovery Channel. He is the author of a number of physics-themed books including Taking the Quantum Leap (1981), The Dreaming Universe (1994), Mind into Matter (2000), and Time Loops and Space Twists (2011).[1]

Wolf was a member in the 1970s, with Jack Sarfatti and others, of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Fundamental Fysiks Group founded in May 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann.[2] His theories about the interrelation of consciousness and quantum physics were described by Newsweek in 2007 as "on the fringes of mainstream science."[3]


Born into a Jewish family,[4] Wolf's interest in physics began as a child when he viewed a newsreel depicting the world's first atomic explosion. Wolf received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1963 and began researching the field of high atmospheric particle behavior following a nuclear explosion.[5] He has appeared as the resident physicist on the Discovery Channel's The Know Zone, was a participant in the PBS series Closer to Truth,[6] and has appeared on radio talk shows and television shows across the United States and abroad.[5] He also appeared in the films What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004),[7] The Secret (2006) and Spirit Space (2008).[8] He has lectured on subjects related to quantum physics and consciousness since the 1960s, often under the name Dr. Quantum or Captain Quantum.[9] He is also featured in the documentary about the Dalai Lama, titled Dalai Lama Renaissance.[10]

His book Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Nonscientists won a 1982 U.S. National Book Award in Science.[11][a]

He has taught at San Diego State University, the University of Paris, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London, University of Paris at Orsay and Birkbeck College, London.[12]



See also


  1. ^ This was the 1982 award for paperback Science. From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Awards history there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories, and multiple nonfiction subcategories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints of books eligible for previous awards; this one was original.


  1. ^ "Australian Broadcasting Corporation biographical sketch". ABC Online. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  2. ^ Kaiser, David. "Lecture: How the Hippies Saved Physics" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, WGBH PBS, April 28, 2010, from time index 0:04:00, and particularly from time index 0:11:00 and 0:23:00.
    • Kaiser, David. How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival. W. W. Norton & Co Inc., 2011.
  3. ^ "No New Thinking in Rhonda Byrne's Publishing Phenom 'The Secret'", Newsweek, February 25, 2007.
  4. ^ David Ian Miller, FINDING MY RELIGION / Fred Alan Wolf from "What the Bleep Do We Know?" on spirituality, SFGate, 4 April 2005
  5. ^ a b Wolf, Fred Alan. "Welcome to the Parallel Universes of Dr. Fred Alan Wolf AKA Dr. Quantum".
  6. ^ Dr. Fred Alan Wolf Archived 2007-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, participant in Closer to Truth
  7. ^ "What the Bleep? website".
  8. ^ "Spirit Space website".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Dalai Lama Renaissance Documentary Film website".
  11. ^ "National Book Awards – 1982". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  12. ^ "Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D."
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) review of "The Spiritual Universe: One Physicists Vision of Spirit, Soul, Matter, and Self" by Lawrence B. Crowell , Committee for Skeptical Inquiry online, publishers of "Skeptical Inquirer." viewed Feb. 26, 2007
  14. ^ "The Yoga For Time And Travel review in Times of India". Time of India. February 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27.