Guy Weyl

Hertz Fellow: Guy Weyl

University of California, Los Angeles

Area of Study

Plasma Physics

Fellowship Years

1967 - 1969

Guy Weyl was born in Strasbourg, France. He came to America with his family at the beginning of World War II and they became American citizens. Homesick for France, Guy returned to attend the prestigious Physics and Chemistry School of Paris in 1960. After his graduation, he returned to the U.S. to begin his career in infrared physics, and then pursued a PhD in theoretical plasma physics at UCLA as a Hertz Fellow (1967). Guy worked for several decades as a physicist in companies doing government funded research, where he specialized in the interaction of high intensity laser beams with materials. In addition to his passion for math and science, Guy always has been (and still is) an avid skier. Weyl’s skiing claim to fame is to have beaten the future world ski champion, Jean Claude Killy, in a slalom race in Val d’Isere, “I was 22 and placed 3rd; he was 15 and fell.“