Biography of Richard Webb

Picture of Dr. Richard Webb
Full Title: Professor of Physics
Building: Jorgensen Hall
Room Number: 121
Email: riwebb [at] ucollege [dot] edu
Work Phone: 2370
Departments: Division of Science and Mathematics - 402.486.2515
Job Description:


Richard is the physics professor at Union College. In addition to teaching physics and astronomy classes, Richard serves as academic adviser for physics majors and students preparing for dental school or radiation technology school. Richard also sponsors the Math and Science Club at Union.

Academic Background
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 1995.
  • M.S. in Physics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 1990.
  • B.S. in Physics, Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA. 1988.
  • High School Graduate, Monterey Bay Academy, La Selva Beach, CA. 1984.
Professional Background:
  • Professor of Physics, Union College, Lincoln, NE. 2003 - present.
  • Professor of Physics, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA. 2002-2003.
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA. 1998-2002.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA. 1995-1998.
  • Research Assistant, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, WA. 1994-1995.
  • Visiting Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. Summer 1992.
Personal Information:


Richard was born in Corona, Calif., in 1966. At the age of five weeks his mother took him and his older sister to join his father at Yele Mission in Sierra Leone (on the continent of Africa). Richard lived in Sierra Leone and later Liberia until the age of five when the family returned to California. Richard spent his formative years as a "faculty brat" at Monterey Bay Academy where he developed his life-long devotion to God, physics and the Oakland Raiders.

After graduating from Monterey Bay Academy, Richard continued his education at the La Sierra Campus of Loma Linda University where he graduated with a degree in physics. At this time Richard made the decision to expand his horizons and do his graduate study outside of The Great State of California. While studying for his Ph.D. at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., Richard had the opportunity to spend a summer doing research in Tsukuba, Japan. At the end of his time in graduate school he also spent nine months working at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Wash.

Immediately upon defending his doctoral degree Richard moved back to his beloved California, teaching physics at Pacific Union College. Although he remains steadfast in claiming California as his home, Richard decided to further expand his horizons by moving to Lincoln, Neb., to teach at Union College in 2003. He is happy that he came to Union College and appreciates the great friends he has made in Nebraska, but each summer he heads "home to California" to visit family and friends.