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Frank Wilczek

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004

Herman Feshbach (1942) Professor of Physics, 2000 - present

MacArthur Fellow, 1982 - 1987

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004

Herman Feshbach (1942) Professor of Physics, 2000 - present

MacArthur Fellow, 1982 - 1987

Frank Wilczek
Herman Feshbach (1942) Professor of Physics, 2000 - present
Nobel laureate in Physics, 2004
MacArthur Fellow, 1982 - 1987

Frank Wilczek, considered one of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists, is the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at MIT. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Princeton University. When only 21 years old and a graduate student at Princeton working with David Gross, Professor Wilczek defined the properties of color gluons, which hold atomic nuclei together. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction. He is also a distinguished science writer and poet.  

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Upbringing and education in New York.
  • Time at Princeton University that earned him the Nobel Prize.
  • Arrival at MIT, current work, and how the Institute is good for him.
  • Importance of coffee, crossword puzzles, and classical piano in his work.
  • Pitfalls and perks of winning the Nobel Prize.

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