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Steven Jonathan Carlip (born 1953) is an American professor of physics at the University of California, Davis. He is known for his work on (2+1)-dimensional quantum gravity, the quantum gravitational basis of black hole thermodynamics, and causal dynamical triangulations. Carlip graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in physics in 1975. In 1987, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Doctor of Philosophy under the direction of Bryce DeWitt. After a post-doctoral period at Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, he has been teaching — since 1990 — at University of California, Davis.
Carlip was one of the recipients of the Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in the year 1991.
- Carlip, Steve, Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions, ISBN 0-521-54588-9. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, December 2003.
- Carlip, Steve, General Relativity: A Concise Introduction, ISBN 9780198822158. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, March 2019.
- "DOE OUTSTANDING JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM AWARDEES" (PDF). U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Retrieved 1 May 2016.