Presentation by David Gross
Director, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Phyics
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
As the 21th century begins physics continues to expand its horizons. I shall briefly review the many new directions of research and open questions that will guide physics over the next decades.
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David Gross is Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics also at the University. He joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in January 1997. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 and then was a Junior Fellow at Harvard. In 1969 he went to Princeton where he was appointed Professor of Physics in 1972, and later Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, and Thomas Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics. Professor Gross was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1970-74), was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985, Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1986 and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1987. He is the recipient of the J. J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society in 1986, a Macarthur Foundation Fellowship Prize in 1987, the Dirac Medal in 1988, the Oscar Klein Medal in 2000, and the Harvey Prize of the Technion in 2000. He has received two honorary degrees. In 2004, he was selected to receive France’s highest scientific honor, the Grande Médaille D’Or, for his contributions to the understanding of fundamental physical reality. He received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973 the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called "the Standard Model" of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. He and his co-recipients discovered how the nucleus of atoms works.