Frederick J. Ernst
Education
 B.S., Physics, Princeton University
 Ph.D., Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison  The Wave Functional Description of Elementary Particles with Application to Nucleon Structure
Positions
 1964  1969
 Assistant Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
 1969  1980
 Associate Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
 1980  1987
 Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
Biography
Frederick Ernst grew up outside Manhattan in Ardsley where he says that he
got his interest in learning from his mother. Although she only had a high
school education, his mother would borrow books from the library about
topics like relativity so that she could learn more. Ernst was ten years
old when he first started becoming interested in relativity from the books
that his mother brought home from the library. His primary struggle with
the subject was his insufficient background in mathematics so throughout his
high school years he taught himself mathematics from university textbooks.
After High School, he planned to commute for one year to Columbia
University because he had no money to go elsewhere.
That changed however, when his science teacher told him about the
Westinghouse competition. He took the exam, submitted the paper and was
chosen to be among the 40 finalists and ended up winning second place. As a
result, of winning the scholarship, he was able to finance his education at
Princeton University. [1]
At Princeton, Ernst was able to fulfill his desire to understand mathematics
with the advanced courses available there. When he graduated, despite the fact
that he liked relativity, he chose a graduate school, Wisconsin, where
relativity was not the main topic of research. There, he studied special
relativistic quantum field theory, obtaining his doctorate under the
direction of Professor Robert G. Sachs. [1]
Ernst realized that he enjoyed teaching physics and took a position at IIT.
When Ernst first started working at IIT, he was working on theoretical
particle physics along with Robert Warnock. However, his first love was not
particle physics but general relativity. He left particle physics and worked
with Robert Malhiot and Isidore Hauser in a general relativity group that he
formed. In 1987, he left IIT for a position at Clarkson University. [2]
Ernst is most noted for his exact solution of the Einstein field
equations, called the Ernst Equation. [2,3]
Notable Publications

"BlackHoles In A Magnetic Universe", F.J. Ernst, Journal of
Mathematical Physics 17, 54 (1976). {cited 124 times}

"A Homogeneous Hilbert Problem For The KinnersleyChitre
Transformations", I. Hauser and F.J. Ernst, Journal of
Mathematical Physics 21, 1126 (1980). {cited 120 times}

"Integral Equation Method For Effecting KinnersleyChitre
Transformations", I. Hauser and F.J. Ernst, Physical
Review D. 20, 362 (1979). {cited 99 times}

"Removal Of Nodal Singularity Of CMetric", F.J. Ernst, Journal of
Mathematical Physics 17, 515 (1976). {cited 79 times}

"Complex Potential Formulation Of AxiallySymmetric Gravitational Field
Problem", F.J. Ernst, Journal of Mathematical Physics 15,
1409 (1974). {cited 75 times}.
References
 [1] Ernst, F.J. (1998). Nothing to do?. Retrieved from
http://members.localnet.com/~atheneum
 [2] Harold N, Spector Papers (2002.54), IIT Archives
 [3] Weisstein, Eric W. "Ernst Equation" From MathWorld  A Wolfram Web
Resource.
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ErnstEquation.html