Curriculum Vita for Victor N. Mansfield

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Born March 7, 1941
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346 Married, two children
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  • 1972 Ph.D., Theoretical Astrophysics National Aeronautics and Space Administration Traineeship Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 1964 M.S., Engineering Science Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
  • 1963 B.A., Engineering Science Honors, Magna Cum Laude Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Academic Experience

  • September 1973–present: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, professor of physics and astronomy. Teaching and research areas physics and astronomy, Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian psychology.
  • 1973-present: Taught in all parts of Colgate’s General Education or Core Curriculum program.
  • 2002-2005: Chairman, Colgate department of physics and astronomy
  • 1995: Runner-up Professor of the Year at Colgate University
  • 1982–1985: Chairman, Colgate department of physics and astronomy.
  • 1978–1979: Chairman, Colgate department of physics and astronomy.
  • November 1981: awarded tenure at Colgate.
  • September 1975–June 1976: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Visiting associate professor in astronomy and acting Director of Fuertes Observatory.
  • 1975–1976: Visiting research associate, National Astronomy and Ionospheric Center, Cornell University.
  • 1974–1993: Visiting associate professor in astronomy, Cornell University Summer Session.
  • 1964–1973: Research fellow, research assistant, and postdoctoral research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 1969–1970: Research Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • 1963–1964: Research Assistant, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Psychology and Philosophy: Education and Experience 

  • April 1994: Participant in an invitation only three day conference with the Dalai Lama on Science and Buddhism at Colombia, University, New York, NY.
  • 1970-present: Meditation and studies in East-West philosophy and depth psychology with noted spiritual leaders in America, Europe, and India.
  • 1991-present: Presented various workshops in depth psychology and East-West philosophy to Jungian groups, academic conferences, and general audiences all across the USA and in several European countries.
  • 1970-72: Full time employment as a leader of psychodrama, Gestalt therapy, and encounter groups in Palo Alto, CA and Ithaca, NY.
  • 1970: Nine months as a staff member in an experimental ward in the San Jose State Mental Hospital, San Jose, CA. Included private Jungian analysis, group therapy, and several one-week retreats at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.
  • 1970: Scholarship recipient for a one month training program in psychology at Esalen, Big Sur, CA.
  • 1969-70: Nine month internship program in psychodrama and encounter group work at the Human Institute, Palo Alto, CA.

Computer Science Experience

  • 1979-1980: Two years industrial experience in computer science research and development (see below).
  • 1983: Project Director at Colgate University for the development of the Turbo Pascal Numerical Methods Tool Box, for Borland International Inc. of Scotts Valley, CA.
  • 1983-85: Taught a senior level course in computer network theory at Colgate.
  • Numerous research and teaching applications of numerical analysis and computer modeling of physical systems.

 Special Academic Experience

  • Coordinator of Academic Technology 1987–1993.
  • Chairman of the Technological Advisory Council 1986–1993.
  • Successfully taught all levels of science from nonscientists to seniors bound for graduate school in physics.
  • Long term interest in general education. Developed and taught entirely new courses in physics, Jungian psychology, Buddhism, computer science, and mathematics.
  • Totally reorganized and expanded the Colgate combined plan engineering program.
  • Served on numerous University Committees such as the Academic Affairs Board, Faculty Research Council, etc.

Industrial Experience

  • September 1981–September 1982: Digicomp Research Corporation, Ithaca, NY. Project Leader and Senior Systems Analyst in a variety of computer security and related research and development projects.
  • September 1982–August 1983: Odyssey Research Associates, Ithaca, NY. Vice President and co-founder of Odyssey Research Associates. Computer security, and secure operating system design. Consulted widely in these areas throughout the country.

Professional Organizations and Honors

  • Isthmus Foundation of Dallas, TX award for “Studying the Convergences of Science and Spirit.”
  • Listed in American Men and Women in Science
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Dartmouth College Daniel Webster National Scholar and Travelli National Scholar
  • Cornell University National Aeronautics and Space Administration Traineeship
  • Awarded several research grants from the Colgate Research Council.

Interdisciplinary Publications

1. Books

Mansfield, V. N., Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-Making, a major interdisciplinary book published by Open Court Publishing in October 1995.

Mansfield, V. N., Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred, published by Quest Books in July 2002.

Mansfield, V. N., Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Science: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge (February 2008, Templeton Foundation Press).


2. Refereed Publications

Mansfield, V. N., “The Big Horn Medicine Wheel as a Site for the Vision Quest,” Archaeoastronomy Bulletin, Vol 3, 2, pp. 26-29, 1980.

Mansfield, V. N., “Mandalas and Mesoamerican Pecked Circles,” Current Anthropology, Vol. 22-3, pp. 269-284, 1981.

Mansfield, V. N. and J. M. Spiegelman, “Quantum Mechanics and Jungian Psychology: Building a Bridge,” Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 34, pp. 3-31, 1989.

Mansfield, V. N., “Madhyamika Buddhism and Quantum Mechanics: Beginning a Dialogue,” International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, no. 4, 371, 1989.

Mansfield, V. N., “Relativity in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. XL, no. 1, 59, 1990.

Mansfield, V. N., “Possible Worlds, Quantum Mechanics, and Middle Way Buddhism,” Symposium on the Foundations of Modern Physics 1990, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, pp. 242-260, 1990.

Mansfield, V. N., “Tsongkhapa’s Bell, Bell’s Inequality, and Madhyamika Emptiness,” Tibet Journal, XV, no. 1, 42, 1990.

Spiegelman, J. M. and V. N. Mansfield, “Complex Numbers in the Psyche and in Matter,” Harvest: International Journal for Jungian Studies, Vol. 36, pp. 121-129, 1990.

Mansfield, V. N., “Counterfactuals, Quantum Mechanics, and Madhyamika Buddhism,” 1990 Anthology of the Fo Kuang Shan International Buddhist Conference, Taiwan R.O.C., pp. 333-348, 1990.

Mansfield, V. N. and J. M. Spiegelman, “The Opposites in Quantum Mechanics and Jungian Psychology Part I: Theoretical Foundations,” Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 36, 267-287, 1991.

Mansfield, V. N., “The Opposites in Quantum Mechanics and Jungian Psychology Part II: Applications,” Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 36, 289-306, 1991.

Mansfield, V. N. “Looking into Mind: An Undergraduate Course,” Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 53-64, 1991.

Mansfield, V. N., “The Challenge of Synchronicity,” Quest Magazine, Summer, pp.25-31, 80-81, 1996.

Mansfield, V. N. and J. M. Spiegelman, “On the Physics and Psychology of the Transference as an Interactive Field,” Journal of Analytical Psychology, 41, pp. 179-202, 1996.

Mansfield, V. N., “Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics,” Pacific World Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 1996.

Mansfield, V. N., “An Astrophysicist’s Sympathetic and Critical View of Astrology,” a plenary talk given at the Cycles and Symbols Conference, “The Return of Soul to the Cosmos” in February, 1997, Mountain Astrologer 8/97.

Mansfield, V. N., S. Rhine-Feather, J. A. Hall, “The Rhine-Jung Letters: Distinguishing Synchronicity from Parapsychology,” Journal of Parapsychology, 62:1 (March, 1998).

Mansfield, V. N., “Distinguishing Synchronicity from Paranormal Phenomena: An Essay in Honor of Marie-Louise von Franz, Part 1” Quadrant, Vol XXVIII:2, Summer 1998, pp. 17-37. Part 2 of this article is in the following issue (Volume XXIX, No. 1, Winter 1999).

Mansfield, V. N., “Modern Cosmology as Metaphor and the Double Nature of Soul,”  Spring: The Journal of Archetypal Psychology (Fall and Winter, 1999).

Mansfield, V. N., “Soul-Making and Science: Crossing to Safety,” Science of Mind Magazine, July 2002.

Mansfield, V. N., “Time and Impermanence in Middle Way Buddhism and Modern Physics,” Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Mansfield, V. N., “The Complementarity between Analytical Psychology and Physics,” Harvest: International Journal for Jungian Studies, 2004, 50, 1, pp. 7-27.

Mansfield, V. N., “A Physics of Peace: Nonlocality, Emptiness, and Compassion,” Elixir, Issue 4, Spring 2007, pp. 51-56.

Mansfield, V. N., “Raimon Panikkar and the Union of Love and Knowledge: Quantum Mechanics and Compassion,” to be published in a book honoring Panikkar.


3. Invited and Refereed Publications 

Mansfield, V. N., Tao of Physics by F. Capra, Physics Today, Vol. 29, p. 56, August, 1976.

Mansfield, V. N., “Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics,” The Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, fall, 1996.

Mansfield, V. N., “Crossing to Safety: Synchronicity and Soul-Making” translated into Spanish as “Cruzar a Sitio Seguro: la Sincronicidat y el Alma,” Animus, Octubre/Noviembre, 2000, p. 94.

Mansfield, V. N., “Synchronicity and Soul-Making,” Medical and Scientific Network Bulletin, Fall 2000.

Mansfield, V. N., “Crossing to Safety: Synchronicity and Soul-Making” translated into Dutch as “De Grote Oversteek,” Vruchtbare Aarde, NR2, 2001.

Mansfield, V.N.,  a review of The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet, by M. Ricard and T.X. Thuan, Theology and Science, vol. 2, No. 1, 2004, p. 54.

Mansfield, V.N., “Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian Psychology,” in Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending Boundaries, D.K. Nauriyal, Michael S. Drummond, and Y.B. Lal, editors, (London: Routledge, 2006).


Physics, Astronomy, and Computer Science Publications


1. Refereed Publications 

Mansfield, V. N., “Radiation from a Charged Particle Spiraling in a Cold Magnetoplasma,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 147, pp. 672-680, 1967.

Mansfield, V. N., “An Electron Temperature Distribution Derived from Optical and Radio Measurements of HII Regions,” Astrophysics and Space Science, Vol. 3, pp. 292-300, 1969.

Mansfield, V. N., “Time Dependent Models for the Formation of Interstellar Clouds,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 179, pp. 815-820, 1973.

Mansfield, V. N., and E. E. Salpeter, “Preliminary Results on the Evolution of Supernova Remnants and Their X-Ray Spectrum,” Astrophysics and Space Sciences Library, Vol. 45, pp. 251-260, 1974.

Mansfield, V. N., and E. E. Salpeter, “Numerical Models for Supernova Remnants,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 190, pp. 305-313, 1974.

Mansfield, V. N., and S. Malin, “Some Astrophysical Effects of the Time Variation of All Masses,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 209, pp. 335-349, 1976.

Mansfield, V. N., “Pulsar Spin Down and Cosmologies with Varying Gravity,” Nature, Vol. 261, pp. 560-562, 1976.

Dennison, B., and V. N. Mansfield, “Glaciations and Dense Interstellar Clouds” Nature, Vol. 261, pp. 32-34, 1976.

Mansfield, V. N., “Dirac Cosmologies and the Microwave Background,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 210, pp. 137-138, 1976.

Marchant, A. and V. N. Mansfield, “The Evolution of Dynamical Systems with Time-Varying Gravity,” Nature, Vol. 270, pp. 699-700, 1977.

Mansfield, V. N., “Mass Changing Cosmology and Solar Evolution,” Lettere al Nuovo Cimento, Vol. 21, pp. 390-394, 1978.

Malin, S. and V. N. Mansfield, “The Coupling of Matter and Radiation in Scale Covariant Cosmologies,” Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 74, pp. 294-296, 1979.

Mansfield, V. N. and S. Malin, “Electrodynamics in Scale-Covariant Gravity Theory,” Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 89, pp. 70-73, 1980.

Mansfield, V. N., and S. Malin, “Astrophysical Tests of Scale-Covariant Cosmologies,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 237, pp. 349-354, 1980.

Mansfield, V. N., “Encryption Methods, Part 1,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 3-4, pp. 96-114, 1985.

Mansfield, V. N., “Encryption Methods, Part 2,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 3-5, pp. 157-167, 1985.

Mansfield, V. N., “Scientific Graphics with the EGA,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 3-9, pp. 163-170, 1985.

Mansfield, V. N., “Sky Diving and the Turbo Numerical Methods Toolbox,” Turbo Technix, Vol. 1-2, pp. 25-33, 1988.


2. Refereed and Invited Publications

Mansfield, V. N., and J. Rankin, “The Spinup-Spindown of JP 1953,” Vistas in Astronomy, Vol. 21, pp. 393-405, 1977.

Mansfield, V. N., “Cosmologies with Varying Gravity,” Physics Teacher, Vol. 15, pp. 263-267, 1977.


3. Industrial Technical Reports

Korelsky, T. Shoji, M., Platek, R., Shilepsky, C., Mansfield, V., “Verification Methodology Evaluation,” Vols. IA, 1- IB, and II, (Approximately 1000 pages) Published by the Rome Air Development Center, Air Force System Command, Griffis Air Force Base, NY, February, 1987.


4. Commercially Produced Software

V. N. Mansfield lead a software development effort with Nevison, C., Strand, A. and J. Bollinger at Colgate University which developed for Borland International of Scotts Valley, CA the “Turbo Pascal Numerical Methods Toolbox” consisting of three compressed IBM PC 360K Disks and a 278 page manual. Published in 1986 and 1987.


5. Invited Reviews

Mansfield, V. N., Introduction to Astronomy by R. Orti and W. Starbird, Physics Teacher, Vol. 16, p. 251, 1978.

Mansfield, V. N., Contemporary Astronomy by P. Hodge, Physics Teacher, Vol 18, p. 74, January, 1980.

Mansfield, V. N., Physics Astronomy Frontier by F. Hoyle and J.V. Narlikar, Physics Teacher, 19, pp. 428-429, 1981.

Mansfield, V. N., “Encryption Software,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 3-6, pp. 162-179, 1985.

Mansfield, V. N., “Ultralock,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 4-3, pp. 179-180, 1986.

Mansfield, V. N., “For Your Eyes Only,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 4-11, pp. 190-191, 1986.

Mansfield, V. N., “Vector87,” PC Tech Journal, Vol. 5-2, pp. 179-180, 1987.

(Refused further reviews after 1988.)


6. Press Release

Mansfield, V. N., “Some Astrophysical Effects of the Time Variation of All Masses,” 1976, a popular version of a technical paper published as a news release by the American Physical Society and reported on by the national wire services.