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|Born||David Jonathan Gross
February 19, 1941
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Fields||Physics, String Theory|
|Institutions||University of California, Santa Barbara
|Alma mater||Hebrew University
University of California, Berkeley
|Doctoral advisor||Geoffrey Chew|
|Doctoral students||Frank Wilczek
William E. Caswell
|Known for||Asymptotic freedom
|Notable awards||Dirac Medal (1988)
Harvey Prize (2000)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2004)
|Spouse||Shulamith Toaff Gross (divorced; 2 children)
David Jonathan Gross (born February 19, 1941) is an American particle physicist and string theorist. Along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of asymptotic freedom. He is the former director and current holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a faculty member in the UC Santa Barbara Physics Department and is currently affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California.
He was born to a Jewish family in Washington, D.C. in February 19, 1941. His parents were Nora (Faine) and Bertram Myron Gross (1912–1997). Gross received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 under the supervision of Geoffrey Chew.
He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and a Professor at Princeton University until 1997. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987, the Dirac Medal in 1988 and the Harvey Prize in 2000.
In 1973, Gross, working with his first graduate student, Frank Wilczek, at Princeton University, discovered asymptotic freedom, which holds that the closer quarks are to each other, the less the strong interaction (or color charge) is between them; when quarks are in extreme proximity, the nuclear force between them is so weak that they behave almost as free particles. Asymptotic freedom, independently discovered by Politzer, was important for the development of quantum chromodynamics.
Honors and awards
- Biography portal
- Media related to David Gross at Wikimedia Commons
- Nobel citation
- ArXiv papers
- Webpage at the Kavli Institute
- Scientific articles of David Gross (INSPIRE-HEP database)
- BBC synopsis on the award