Professor David Gross
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Director, Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Professor Gross taught at Princeton for 27 years. By the beginning of the 1980s, his research focused on the challenge of unifying all the forces of nature and confronting quantum gravity. In the early 1980's, he began to work on string theory, which has been his principal area of research to this day. In 1996, he assumed the directorship of the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. His many honours include the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Prize in 1987, the European Physical Society Prize in Elementary Particle Physics in 2003, the Grande Medaille D'Or, Academie des Sciences, France in 2004, and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.