Dr. William Ratcliff II was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His research career began in high school with internships at the University of Michigan in space physics, chemistry, and nonlinear optics. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and did research there in cosmology and nonlinear optics, as well as interning at Bell Labs. After obtaining his Bachelors in Science and Engineering, he attended graduate school at Rutgers, working in the group of Professor Sang Wook Cheong on CMR manganites, dilute magnetic semiconductors, and frustrated magnets. After finishing his doctorate, he went to the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Gaithersburg, Maryland for a National Research Council Postdoc working with Dr. Seunghun Lee on frustrated magnets and multiferroic materials. Afterwards, he joined the staff and has been at NIST for 12 years. Dr. Ratcliff has coauthored 49 papers whose total citations exceed 4000, given several invited talks at international conferences, and organized workshops on magnetic structure determination. He is the winner of the NIST Bronze Medal, the highest honorary recognition given by the institute. His current research focus is on multiferroic materials.