Physics Nobel laureate speaks at SAU

The College of Science and Technology at Southern Arkansas University hosted Dr. David Gross, 2004 Nobel laureate in physics, on Friday, April 13, in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. Gross delivered the keynote address for the 96th annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science.

The event was free, and the public was invited to attend.

“At the frontiers of physics we search for the principles that might unify all the forces of nature, and we strive to understand the origin and history of the universe,” said Gross. “In this lecture I …describe some of the questions that we ask and some of the proposed answers. I …also discuss what it might mean to have a final theory of fundamental physics and whether we are capable of discovering it.”

Gross, professor of physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 and then served as a junior fellow at Harvard. In 1969 he went to Princeton where he was appointed professor of physics in 1972. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the J. J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physics Society in 1986, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Prize in 1987, the Dirac Medal in 1988, the Oscar Klein Medal in 2000, the Harvey Prize of the Technion in 2000, France’s highest scientific honor the Grand Medalle D’Or (the Grand Gold Medal), and the High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society in 2003. He has received two honorary degrees. The 2004 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Gross and two others.

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