Meet Our Physicists

Eric D’Hoker

D’Hoker studied from 1974 to 1975 at Paris 13 University (now the Sorbonne Paris North University) in Orsay, from 1975 to 1976 at the Lycée Condorcet, and from 1976 to 1978 at the École Polytechnique, where he earned his B.A. and B.Sc. In 1978 he became a graduate student in physics at Princeton University, where in 1981 he received his Ph.D. with future Nobel Laureate David Gross as his advisor. As a postdoc, D’Hoker worked from 1981 to 1984 at the Center for Theoretical Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then worked as an assistant professor from 1984 to 1986 at Columbia University and from 1986 to 1988 at Princeton University. In 1988, D’Hoker became an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was appointed a full professor in 1990 and a distinguished professor in 2009.

In 1997, D’Hoker conducted research at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has held visiting positions at several academic institutions, including the University of California, Santa Barbara, Kyoto University, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). From 1998 to 2001, he served as President of the Aspen Center for Physics. In 2005, he was elected fellow of the American Physical Society for his “contributions to Quantum Field Theory and String Theory, including string perturbation theory, supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory and AdS-CFT correspondence”.

D’Hoker’s research interests are in quantum field theory and string theory, with applications to particle physics, condensed matter physics, and mathematics.

Positions Held

Asst Corporate Secretary, 1990 – 2007
Secretary, 1990 – 1991
Asst Treasurer, 1992 – 1995
Treasurer, 1995 – 1998
Trustee, 1989 – 2001 & 1995 – 1998
President, 1998 – 2001
Honorary Trustee, 2007 – current

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Eric D'Hoker, Aspen Center for Physics President, 1998-2001

Presidential Essay from Eric D'Hoker

By Eric D’Hoker

My first contact with the Aspen Center for Physics dates back to 1982... Colleagues had coyly described a summer institute, high up in the Rocky Mountains. This sounded exactly like my kind of place to spend the summer.