Jim Hartle’s Legacy

Coordinators: Gary Horowitz and Don Marolf

Jim Hartle made major contributions to our understanding of relativistic stars, black holes, and cosmology. Most of his career, however, was devoted to studying the universe as a quantum system. As a result, he was known as the father of quantum cosmology. His contributions include the “Hartle-Hawking vacuum” for matter fields outside a black hole, and the “Hartle-Hawking no-boundary wave function” for cosmology. This conference will pay tribute to Jim’s scientific career and honor his legacy.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • Todd Brun (USC)
  • Sean Carroll (Johns Hopkins)
  • Fay Dowker (Imperial College)
  • Netta Engelhardt (MIT)
  • Steve Giddings (UCSB)
  • Thomas Hertog (KU Leuven)
  • Veronika Hubeny (UC Davis)
  • Ted Jacobson (U of Maryland)
  • Juan Maldacena (IAS, Princeton)
  • Rob Myers (Perimeter Institute)
  • Andy Strominger (Harvard)
  • Kip Thorne (Caltech)
  • Bob Wald (U of Chicago)
  • John Whelan (Rochester Institute of Technology)