Faculty Biographies

John D. Gault, Ph. D.
Professor of Physics

Tammy FreemanJohn D. Gault has a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathmatics from Missouri Valley College, 1958; an M.A. in Physics from University of Missouri, 1964; and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, 1971. He has taught in the Belton Public Schools System (1960-61), Missouri Valley College (1961-64), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) (1970-1986), and Missouri Valley (1986-present). Gault is also a member of American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Link to a page with Gault’s publications in International Journals.

Awards include: National Research Council Pos-Doctoral Fellowship to the Army Materials and Mechanics Research Reactor and MIT Research Reactor, 1970-71 (15 month appointment); and CNPq (Brazilian National Research Council) Senior Research Fellowship to Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent, Ohio (12 month appointment).

His research interests are in Neutron scattering, Liquid Crystals, and Lyotropic Liquid Crystals. His teaching interests include the areas of Physical Science, Physics, Environmental Science, and Computer Applications. He is especially interested in interactive methods of teaching in these subjects.

Dr. Gault is an active member of the Lutheran Church and lectures and writes about the interaction of science and religion. A link to his latest article is here.(pdf)