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Lisa Randall at TED
June 18, 1962 |
Queens, New York City, New York, United States
|Residence||Massachusetts, United States|
|Institutions||Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
University of California, Berkeley
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Alma mater||Stuyvesant High School
|Doctoral advisor||Howard Georgi|
|Doctoral students||Csaba Csáki, Eric Sather, Witold Skiba, Shu-fang Su, Emanuel Katz, Matthew Schwartz, Shiyamala Thambyahpillai, Liam Fitzpatrick|
|Known for||Randall–Sundrum model
|Notable awards||Klopsteg Memorial Award, 2006. Lilienfeld Prize, 2007|
Lisa Randall (born June 18, 1962) is an American theoretical physicist and a student of particle physics and cosmology. She works on several of the competing models of string theory in the quest to explain the fabric of the universe. Her best known contribution to the field is the Randall–Sundrum model, first published in 1999 with Raman Sundrum. However, the Large Hadron Collider has failed to provide any evidence to substantiate the validity of this theory. She was the first tenured woman in the Princeton University physics department and the first tenured female theoretical physicist at both MIT and Harvard University. She has also written two popular science books and the libretto of an opera.
Early life and education 
Randall was born in Queens in New York City. She is an alumna of Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1980, where she was a classmate of fellow physicist and science popularizer Brian Greene. She won first place in the 1980 Westinghouse Science Talent Search at the age of 18. Randall earned an A.B. at Harvard in 1983, and obtained her Ph.D. in particle physics in 1987 under the direction of Howard Georgi. She was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Randall was featured in Newsweek magazine's "Who's Next" issue of January 2, 2006, as "one of the most promising theoretical physicists of her generation."
Randall studies particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is a professor of theoretical physics. Her research concerns elementary particles and fundamental forces, and has involved the study of a wide variety of models, the most recent involving extra dimensions of space. She has also worked on supersymmetry, Standard Model observables, cosmic inflation, baryogenesis, grand unified theories, general relativity. Randall's book Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions was included in the New York Times' 100 notable books of 2005.
Randall earned her PhD from Harvard University and held professorships at MIT and Princeton University before returning to Harvard in 2001. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and is a past winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1992, a DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, and the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. In 2003, she received the Premio Caterina Tomassoni e Felice Pietro Chisesi Award, from the Sapienza University of Rome. In autumn 2004, she was the most cited theoretical physicist of the previous five years. In 2006, she received the Klopsted Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Professor Randall was featured in Seed magazine's “2005 Year in Science Icons ” and in Newsweek's “Who's Next in 2006”. She has helped organize numerous conferences and has been on the editorial board of several major theoretical physics journals.
In 2007, Randall was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People (Time 100) under the section for "Scientists & Thinkers". Randall was given this honor for her work regarding the evidence of a higher dimension.
- Warped Passages: Unraveling the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. Ecco Press. 2005. ISBN 0-06-053108-8.
- Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. Ecco. 2011. ISBN 0-06-172372-X.
- Randall, Lisa; Sundrum, Raman (1999). "Large Mass Hierarchy from a Small Extra Dimension". Physical Review Letters 83 (17): 3370–3373. arXiv:hep-ph/9905221. Bibcode:1999PhRvL..83.3370R. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370.
- "The Third Culture – Lisa Randall". Edge – the third culture. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Curriculum Vitae of Lisa Randall". Harvard University — Department of Physics. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Rawe, Julie. "Time 100." Time Magazine May 14, 2007: 108.
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- Professor Randall's website at Harvard
- Reprinted Op-Ed from The New York Times of Sunday, September 18, 2005
- Lisa Randall's Edge Bio Page
- On Gravity, Oreos and a Theory of Everything (New York Times, November 1, 2005)
- Radio Interview from This Week in Science May 9, 2006 Broadcast
- Profile in Scientific American October 2005
- Lisa Randall discusses "Warped Passages" on Thoughtcast
- Lisa Randall is interviewed by Charlie Rose