Andrew Strominger
  • 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics


American theoretical physicist. Gwill E. York Professor of Physics. He received the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for “transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.”

Education and Work Experience

1982, Ph.D. in Physics, MIT
1997-Present, Professor of Physics, Harvard University
2008-Present, Gwill E. York Professor of Physics, Harvard University
2009-2016, Director, Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature

Honors and Awards

2008, Leonard Eisenbud Prize
2014, Oskar Klein Medal
2014, Dirac Medal
2017, Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Major Academic Achievements

Using a variety of approaches, Professor Strominger’s research has endeavoured to shed light on unsolved problems including the unification of forces and particles, the origin of the universe and the quantum structure of black holes and event horizons. His recent research has focused on universal aspects of black holes and horizons, which do not depend on detailed microphysical assumptions. A new conformal symmetry of rapidly spinning black holes was discovered and used to explain how they holographically store quantum information. Strominger and co-workers found a mathematically precise mathematical relation between the Navier-Stokes and Einstein equation, demonstrating that horizons evolve as incompressible fluids and providing a bridge between fluid
dynamics and general relativity. Very recent efforts have addressed the quantum structure of the cosmological horizons which likely surroundus.