Andrew Strominger

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Andrew E. Strominger
Andrew Strominger at Harvard.jpg
Andy Strominger at Harvard
Born 1955 (age 62–63)
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A., 1977)
University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1979)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1982)
Known for Contributions to:
String theory
Quantum gravity
Awards Physics Frontiers Breakthrough Prize (2012)
Klein Medal (2014)
Dirac Medal (2014)
Dannie Heineman Prize (2016)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions Harvard University

Andrew Eben Strominger (born 1955) is an American theoretical physicist who has made groundbreaking contributions to quantum gravity and string theory. These include his seminal 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 and the Director of the Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature at Harvard University, where his father Jack L. Strominger is also a professor.

Strominger completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard in 1977 before attending the University of California, Berkeley for his Masters. He received his PhD from 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.


Notable contributions


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 and 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. Furthermore, he received the prestigious Physics Frontiers Breakthrough Prize from the Milner Foundation along with colleague Cumrun Vafa in 2014. This award was bestowed upon the pair in honor of their "numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry." The Foundation also recognized their "joint statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime."


Past PhD advisees

  • Daniel Shevitz (1990) Two-Dimensions Field Theories in the Context of String Theory
  • Young-Chul Park (1993) Aspects of Super Symmetry
  • Thomas Fiola (1994) Black Hole Entanglement
  • David Kaplan (1997) Some New Developments in the Study of Black Holes and Solitons in String Theory
  • Jeremy Michelson (1999) Diverse Roles for Black Holes in String Theory
  • Marcus Spradlin (2001) AdS2 Black Holes and Soliton Moduli Spaces
  • Ruth Britto (2002) Bound States of Supersymmetric Black Holes
  • Anastasia Volovich (2002) Holography for Coset Spaces and Noncommutative Solitons
  • Alexander Maloney (2003) Time-Dependent Backgrounds of String Theory
  • Liat Maoz (2003) Supersymmetric Configurations in the Rotating D1-D5 System and PP-Waves
  • David Thompson (2005) Holography and Related Topics in String Theory
  • Michelle Cyrier (2006) Physics from Geometry: Non-Kahler Compactifications, Black Rings and dS/CFT
  • Gregory Jones (2006) Time-Dependent Solutions of Gravity
  • Xi Yin (2006) Black Holes, Anti de Sitter space, and Topological Strings
  • Morten Ernebjerg (2007) Field Theory Methods in Two-Dimensional and Herotic String Theories
  • Lisa Huang (2007) Black Hole Attractors and Gauge Theories
  • Aaron Simons (2007) Black Hole Superconformal Quantum Mechanics
  • Monica Guica (2008) Supersymmetric Attractors, Topological Strings, and the M5-Brane CFT
  • Joshua Lapan (2008) Topics in Two-Dimensional Field Theory and Heterotic String Theory
  • Wei Li (2008) Gauge/Gravity Correspondence and Black Hole Attractors in Various Dimensions
  • Megha Padi (2009) A Black Hole Quartet: New Solutions and Applications to String Theory
  • Thomas Hartman (2010) Extreme Black Hole Holography
  • Dionysios Anninos (2011) Classical and Quantum Symmetries of de Sitter Space
  • Irene Bredberg (2012) The Einstein and the Navier-Stokes Equations: Connecting the Two
  • Tarek Anous (2013) Explorations in de Sitter Space and Amorphous Black Hole Bound States in String Theory
  • Vyacheslav Lysov (2014) From Petrov-Einstein to Navier-Stokes
  • Gim Seng Ng (2014) Aspects of Symmetry in de Sitter Space

Current doctoral students

  • Achilleas Porfyriadis
  • Alexandru Lupsasca
  • Abhishek Pathak
  • Prahar Mitra
  • Temple He
  • Daniel Kapec
  • Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
  • Monica Pate

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