Symposium Guests

David Gross, Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panelist August 11 Symposium

David Gross graduated from high school in Israel, determined to become a theoretical physicist. He majored in physics and mathematics at the Hebrew University and went to the U.S. for graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley. He found that Berkeley was the center of elementary particle physics at the time where the Berkeley Radiation Lab (now the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) was producing new discoveries monthly.

In 1966 Gross switched coasts, joined the Harvard Society of Fellows and started on research that led to the discovery of asymptotic freedom and QCD. In 1969 Gross started a 27–year career at Princeton where he worked on the asymptotic freedom and QCD discoveries, gauge theories and string theory. He returned to the Pacific coast in 1996 to direct the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. In 2004, David Gross, David Politzer and Frank Wilczek were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction.”

See more about David Gross' Nobel Prize here.