Don Page (physicist)

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Don Page

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Page at Department of Physics, National Taiwan University
Born (1948-12-31) December 31, 1948 (age 72)
Bethel, Alaska, United States
Known forPage time
Hawking–Page phase transition
Chandrasekhar–Page equations
Alma materWilliam Jewell College
California Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Alberta
ThesisAccretion into and emission from black holes (1976)
Doctoral advisorKip Thorne
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Don Nelson Page, FRSC, (born December 31, 1948) is an American-born Canadian theoretical physicist at the University of Alberta, Canada.[1][2][3]


Page's work focuses on quantum cosmology and theoretical gravitational physics, and he is noted for being a doctoral student of Stephen Hawking, in addition to publishing several journal articles with him.[4][5] Page got his BA at William Jewell College in the United States in 1971, attaining an MS in 1972 and a PhD in 1976 at Caltech.[6] He followed this with an MA at Cambridge, which he received in 1978.[1]

His professional career started as a research assistant in Cambridge from 1976-1979, followed by an assistant professorship at Penn State from 1979-1983, and then an associate professor at Penn State until 1986 before taking on the title of professor in 1986. Page spent four more years at Penn State before moving to become a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada in 1990.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2012, Page became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[7]

Religious views[edit]

Page is an Evangelical Christian. In commenting on the debate between William Lane Craig and Sean Carroll in 2014, he states in a guest post on Carroll's website that: " view of all the evidence, including both the elegance of the laws of physics, the existence of orderly sentient experiences, and the historical evidence, I do believe that God exists and think the world is actually simpler if it contains God than it would have been without God.".[8] In the same post he criticises William Lane Craig's Kalam Cosmological Argument, saying that it "is highly dubious metaphysically, depending on contingent intuitions [i.e. the first premise] we have developed from living in a universe with relatively simple laws of physics and with a strong thermodynamic arrow of time."


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-02-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (Jun 24, 1986). "Reports ... John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved Jun 24, 2020 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Spectrum of wormholes Hawking, S.W. (Inst. for Theor. Phys., California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA); Page, D.N. Source: Physical Review D (Particles and Fields), v 42, n 8, p 2655-63, 15 Oct. 1990
  5. ^ Thermodynamics of black holes in anti-de Sitter space Hawking, S.W. (Univ. of Cambridge, Dept. of Appl. Math. & Theoretical Phys., Cambridge, UK); Page, D.N. Source: Communications in Mathematical Physics, v 87, n 4, p 577-88, 1983
  6. ^ Page, Don Nelson (1976). Accretion into and emission from black holes (Ph.D.). California Institute of Technology. OCLC 945995991.
  7. ^ "Physicist Don Page named to the Royal Society of Canada". University of Alberta. January 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Guest Post: Don Page on God and Cosmology". March 20, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2019.

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