- B.A. Washington University 1963
- M.A. State University of New York, Stony Brook 1965
- Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook 1968
Statistical mechanics and quantum many body theory. He is associated with the Calogero-Sutherland model, a major research area in theoretical physics mathematics. His research has focused on the connections between statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics. He was able to build upon Francesco Calogero's work and find a solution at finite density, known as the Calogero-Sutherland model.
Bill Sutherland was at the University of Utah from 1971 until 2004.
- Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (2019), one of the nation's highest awards for physics--seven previous winners have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. Dr. Sutherland was awarded the prize for his "profound contributions to the field of exactly solvable models in statistical mechanics and many body physics, in particular the construction of the widely studied Gaudin magnet and the Calogero-Sutherland, Shastry-Sutherland, and Calogero-Moser models."
- National Science Foundation Fellow