Joel Primack

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Joel R. Primack
BornJoel R. Primack
(1945-07-14) July 14, 1945 (age 78)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Stanford University (PhD)
PeriodUCSC: 1973–present
UC-HiPACC: 2010-present
Notable awardsAlexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Award, 1997
SpouseNancy Ellen Abrams
Children1 daughter

Joel R. Primack (born July 14, 1945) is an American physicist. He is a professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a member of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics.[1][2]

Primack received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1970. His fields of study are relativistic quantum field theory, cosmology, and particle astrophysics. He is also involved in supercomputer simulations of dark matter models. He directs the University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC). Primack is best known for his co-authorship with George Blumenthal, Sandra Moore Faber, and Martin Rees of the theory of cold dark matter (CDM) in 1984.[3][4] He co-authored two books with Nancy Abrams, The View from the Center of the Universe (2006)[5] and The New Universe and the Human Future (2011).[6] He played main roles in starting the Congressional Science and Technology Fellowship program, the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society, and the Science and Human Rights program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1970-1973.[7] He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  1. ^ "Joel R. Primack". Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Welcome from the Director". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ Blumenthal; et al. (11 Oct 1984). "Formation of galaxies and large-scale structure with cold dark matter" (PDF). Nature. 311 (5986): 517–525. Bibcode:1984Natur.311..517B. doi:10.1038/311517a0. OSTI 1447148. S2CID 4324282.
  4. ^ Joel R. Primack, "Dark Matter, Galaxies, and Large Scale Structure in the Universe", SLAC-PUB-3387 (July 1984), in Proceedings of the International School of Physics XCII 1987
  5. ^ The View from the Center of the Universe. Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, Riverhead Books, 2007 (ISBN 978-1594482557).
  6. ^ The New Universe and the Human Future - The Terry Lectures. Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, Yale University Press, 2012 (ISBN 978-0300181241).
  7. ^ David Hafemeiste. "History of the Forum on Physics and Society". Forum on Physics and Society, Vol 28, p 3-5. ; Link in APS website

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