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Andrew Strominger

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Andrew E. Strominger
Andy Strominger at Harvard
Born (1955-07-30) July 30, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materHarvard College (AB, 1977)
University of California, Berkeley (MA, 1979)
MIT (PhD, 1982)
Known forCGHS model
Contributions to:
String theory
Quantum gravity
dS/CFT correspondence
Kerr/CFT correspondence
SYZ conjecture
AwardsBreakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2017)
Klein Medal (2014)
Dirac Medal (2014)
Dannie Heineman Prize (2016)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2020)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Harvard University
ThesisThe large symmetry approximation in quantum field theory (1981)
Doctoral advisorRoman Jackiw
Doctoral students

Andrew Eben Strominger (/ˈstrɑːmɪnər/;[1] born 1955) is an American theoretical physicist who is the director of Harvard's Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature. He has made significant contributions to quantum gravity and string theory. These include his work on Calabi–Yau compactification and topology change in string theory, and on the stringy origin of black hole entropy. He is a senior fellow at the Society of Fellows, and is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics.


Strominger received his bachelor's degree at Harvard College in 1977 and his master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He then received his PhD at MIT in 1982 under the supervision of Roman Jackiw. Prior to joining Harvard as a professor in 1997, he held a faculty position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of over 200 publications.


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In recognition of his accomplishments, Strominger has been awarded numerous prizes, fellowships, and honorary professorships. These include the Klein Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the 2008 Eisenbud Prize from the American Mathematical Society, the 2014 Dirac Medal from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, which he received for his contributions to the origin, development, and further understanding of string theory, and the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with Cumrun Vafa and Joseph Polchinski. In 2020, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.[3]

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  1. ^ The Dirac Roundtable
  2. ^ Strominger, Andrew; Vafa, Cumrun (1996). "Microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy". Physics Letters B. 379 (1–4): 99–104. arXiv:hep-th/9601029. Bibcode:1996PhLB..379...99S. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(96)00345-0.
  3. ^ "Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020".

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