Particle physics, unification of fundamental interactions,
cosmology, astrophysics, supersymmetry, supergravity.
Steven Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science
at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Physics and
Astronomy Departments. His research on elementary particles and cosmology
has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including in 1979 the Nobel
Prize in Physics and in 1991 the National Medal of Science.
In 2004 he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the
American Philosophical Society, with a citation that said he is
"considered by many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive in
the world today." He has been elected to the US National Academy of
Sciences and Britain's Royal Society, as well as to the American Philosophical
Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is the author of over 300 articles on elementary
particle physics. His books include Gravitation and Cosmology -- Principles
and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity (1972); The First
Three Minutes (1977); The Discovery of Subatomic Particles (1983,
2003); Elementary Particles and The Laws of Physics (with R.P. Feynman)
(1987); Dreams of a Final Theory -- The Search for the Fundamental Laws of
Nature (1993); a trilogy, The Quantum Theory of Fields (1995, 1996,
2000); Facing Up --- Science and its Cultural Adversaries (2002); Glory
and Terror -- The Growing Nuclear Danger (2004); Cosmology (2008);
and most recently Lake Views (2010). Articles of his on various subjects
appear from time to time in The New York Review of Books and other
He has served as consultant at the U. S. Arms Control and
Disarmament Agency, President of the Philosophical Society of Texas, and member
of the Board of Editors of Daedalus magazine, the Council of Scholars of the
Library of Congress, the JASON group of defense consultants, and many other boards
and committees. Educated at Cornell, Copenhagen, and Princeton, he also holds
honorary doctoral degrees from sixteen other universities, including Chicago,
Columbia, McGill, Padua, Salamanca, and Yale. He taught at Columbia, Berkeley,
M.I.T., and Harvard, where he was Higgins Professor of Physics, before coming
to Texas in 1982.
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