Eva Silverstein

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Eva Silverstein
Born(1970-10-24)October 24, 1970
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Shamit Kachru
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorEdward Witten

Eva Silverstein (born October 24, 1970) is an American theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and string theorist. She is best known for her work on early universe cosmology, developing the structure of inflation and its range of signatures, as well as extensive contributions to string theory and gravitational physics. Her early work included control of tachyon condensation in string theory and resulting resolution of some spacetime singularities (with Joseph Polchinski and others). Other significant research contributions include the construction of the first models of dark energy in string theory, some basic extensions of the AdS/CFT correspondence to more realistic field theories (with Shamit Kachru), as well as the discovery of a predictive new mechanism for cosmic inflation involving D-brane dynamics (with David Tong) which helped motivate more systematic analyses of primordial non-Gaussianity.

Silverstein is a professor of physics at Stanford University and director of the Modern Inflationary Cosmology collaboration within the Simons Foundation Origins of the Universe initiative.[1]


Professional academic history[edit]

  • Postdoctoral associate, Rutgers University, 1996–1997
  • Assistant professor, SLAC, Stanford, 1997–2001
  • Associate professor, SLAC and Stanford Physics Department, Stanford, 2001–2006
  • Professor, SLAC and Stanford Physics Department, Stanford, 2006–2016
  • Professor, Stanford Physics Department, Stanford, 2006–Present
  • Professor, University of California Physics Department[2]

Research areas[edit]

Silverstein's primary research areas include cosmic inflation, namely the creation of predictive and testable new mechanisms which have enabled systematic understanding of the process and the role of ultraviolet-sensitive qualities in observational cosmology (including string-theoretic versions of large field inflation and novel mechanisms involving inflation interactions); implications of long-range interactions in string theory for black hole physics; and mechanism development for breaking super-symmetry and stabilising the extra dimensions of string theory [3][4]


Raised in Spokane, Washington, Silverstein is the daughter of Harry S. and Lorinda Knight Silverstein and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.[5][6][7] Her father is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Washington State University in Pullman.[8]

Silverstein is married to fellow string theorist Shamit Kachru; both were doctoral students of Edward Witten.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "New Initiative Ponders Origins of the Universe | Simons Foundation". www.simonsfoundation.org. 2017-07-21.
  2. ^ http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/kitpnews/item/?id=60[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Eva Silverstein | Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics".
  4. ^ "Eva Silverstein | Perimeter Institute". Archived from the original on 2013-05-30.
  5. ^ Vorpahl, Beverly (July 7, 1988). "People". Spokesman-Review. p. S7.
  6. ^ "Spokane grad gets genius grant". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 7, 1999. p. 3D.
  7. ^ "Going for it". Spokane Chronicle. photo. July 3, 1982. p. 1.
  8. ^ Shier, Phyllis (2010). "Professor emeritus endows annual fund for best student philosopher". Washington State University. Archived from the original on March 4, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Professor E.D. Bergmann Award". Archived from the original on 2009-11-25.
  10. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". www.aps.org.
  11. ^ Simons Investigators Awardees, The Simons Foundation
  12. ^ "AAAS Fellows Elected" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

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