Vladi Chaloupka was born in what is now the Czech Republic, when it was under Nazi occupation. He grew up in the country subsequently dominated by the Soviet Union, in 1968 he experienced a “shock and awe” invasion, and escaped to Switzerland. There he obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva, and worked as a particle physicist at CERN. In 1975 he moved to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California, and in 1981 he came to the University of Washington. After a career in experimental elementary particle physics, he is now working on merging his life experience with his three passions: science, music and human affairs, into one coherent whole.
At the University of Washington, Dr. Chaloupka is Professor of Physics, Adjunct Professor at the School of Music, and Adjunct Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.