KITP Director Awarded 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics

Monday, October 4, 2004

David GrossSanta Barbara, Calif. - David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) and the first incumbent of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973 the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called "the Standard Model" of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. He and his co-recipients discovered how the nucleus of atoms works.

Gross shares the prize with Frank Wilczek, now a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was Gross's graduate student at Princeton University, when the pair completed the calculation that resulted in the discovery for which they have received the Nobel Prize. The other recipient, H. David Politzer, a physics professor as the California Institute of Technology, was working independently on a similar calculation. [full story]

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