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Andrew Eben Strominger (/ˈstrɑːmɪnər/;[1] born 1955) is an American theoretical physicist who is the Director of Harvard's Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature. He has made significant contributions to quantum gravity and string theory. These include his work on Calabi-Yau compactification and topology change in string theory, and on the stringy origin of black hole entropy. He is a senior fellow at the Society of Fellows, and is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics.

Andrew E. Strominger
Andrew Strominger at Harvard.jpg
Andy Strominger at Harvard
Born 1955 (age 62–63)
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A., 1977)
University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1979)
MIT (Ph.D., 1982)
Known for CGHS model
Contributions to:
String theory
Quantum gravity
dS/CFT correspondence
Awards Physics Frontiers Breakthrough Prize (2012)
Klein Medal (2014)
Dirac Medal (2014)
Dannie Heineman Prize (2016)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions Harvard University
Notable students Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski



Strominger received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1977 and his master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He then received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1982 under the supervision of Roman Jackiw. Prior to joining Harvard as a professor in 1997, he held a faculty position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of over 200 publications.


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In recognition of his accomplishments, Strominger has been awarded numerous prizes, fellowships, and honorary professorships. These include the Klein Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the 2014 Dirac Medal from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, which he received for his contributions to the origin, development, and further understanding of string theory. Furthermore, he received the Physics Frontiers Breakthrough Prize from the Milner Foundation along with colleague Cumrun Vafa in 2014. This award was bestowed upon the pair in honor of their "numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry." The Foundation also recognized their "joint statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime."


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