John Wood received his Ph.D. from Clark University in 1971 for experimental work on the structure of deformed nuclei. He then took up an interest in the systematic behavior of nuclear structure. This evolved into the experimental study of nuclear structure with radioactive beams and the phenomenology and theory of shape coexistence in nuclei. He is the coauthor of a recent monograph on the fundamentals of nuclear models. He has been at Georgia Institute of Technology since 1972 and is now a professor emeritus in the School of Physics.