Mark Alford

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Mark G. Alford
Alma materOxford (BS)
Harvard (PhD)
Scientific career
Neutron stars
High-energy physics
Quantum chromodynamics
Theoretical physics
InstitutionsWashington University in St. Louis
Doctoral advisorSidney Coleman

Mark G. Alford is a theoretical physicist and chair of the Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis.[1] He researches dense matter inside neutron stars.[2][3][4]

Alford received his bachelor's degree with first-class honors from Oxford in 1984 and his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard in 1988 and 1990, respectively, under the supervision of Sidney Coleman.[5] Afterwards he held postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara Institute for Theoretical Physics (now the Kavli Institute), Cornell's Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. He became a lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 2000,[1] before becoming professor at Washington University in 2003.[6][7] He is currently chair of the Washington University Physics Department.[8][9] He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.[5][6]


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  2. ^ "Mark Alford". The Helix Center. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  3. ^ Sundermier, Ali. "Five extreme facts about neutron stars". symmetry magazine. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  4. ^ "High density quark matter and color superconductivity". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  5. ^ a b "Member Spotlight: Mark Alford, AM '88, PhD '90". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  6. ^ a b "Mark G. Alford". Department of Physics. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  7. ^ "INSPIRE Author Profile - Mark Alford". INSPIRE HEP. Retrieved January 23, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Washington University Department of Physics" (PDF). GradSchoolShopper - American Institute of Physics. 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Alford, Mark. "Curriculum vitae" (PDF). Washington University Department of Physics. Retrieved January 23, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)