Persis Drell

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Persis Drell
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley, Wellesley College
Scientific career
FieldsParticle Physics
InstitutionsCornell University, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Persis S. Drell is an American physicist best known for her expertise in the field of particle physics. She was the director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2012. She was dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering from 2014 until 2017.[1] Drell became the Provost of Stanford University on February 1, 2017.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

The daughter of noted physicist Sidney Drell, Persis Drell grew up on the Stanford University campus.[4] She earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in atomic physics from University of California, Berkeley, studying under Eugene Commins.[5] She completed her postdoctoral work in high-energy physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She joined the physics faculty at Cornell University in 1988.[4]

Stanford University[edit]

In 2002, Drell was hired as associate director of research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (then known as the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) where she oversaw the BaBar experiment.[4] In 2007, she was named the fourth director of SLAC, succeeding Jonathan M. Dorfan.[6]

In November 2011, she announced her intention to step down as the head of SLAC and return to a position as a faculty member at Stanford.[7]

In September 2014, Drell became the ninth dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering, the first woman to serve in that role.[1]

In February 2017, Drell became the thirteenth provost of Stanford University.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Former SLAC Director Persis Drell named dean of Stanford Engineering". Stanford Report. June 3, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Persis Drell named Stanford provost". Stanford News. November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "About the Provost". Office of the Provost. Stanford University. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Mead, Tom (May 1, 2002). "Renowned physicist Persis Drell joins SLAC as associate director for research". The Stanford Report. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Persis Drell, Director Emerita". SLAC. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Persis S. Drell Named Fourth Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center" (Press release). Stanford University. December 6, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Drell to step down as SLAC laboratory director". Stanford Report. November 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Persis Drell at Wikimedia Commons

Academic offices
Preceded by
John Etchemendy
Provost of Stanford University
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jonathan M. Dorfan
SLAC Director
Dec 2007 – Dec 2012
Succeeded by
Chi-Chang Kao