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Lawrence M. Krauss (born May 27, 1954) is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, a professor in the physics department and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State Universitymarker. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek.

Biography

Krauss was born in New York Citymarker and shortly afterward moved to Torontomarker, spending his childhood in Canadamarker. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Carleton Universitymarker, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker in 1982. He became an assistant professor at Yale Universitymarker in 1985 and associate professor in 1988. He was named the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, professor of astronomy, and was chairman of the physics department at Case Western Reserve Universitymarker from 1993 to 2005.

In August 2008 he joined the faculty at Arizona State Universitymarker as Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics, and Director of the University's Origins Initiative. In 2009 he helped inaugurate this initiative with the Origins Symposium in which 80 of the world's leading scientists participated, and 3000 people attended.

He also regularly appears in national media for public outreach in science and has written many editorials for The New York Times. His active opposition to intelligent design gained national prominence as a result of his 2004 appearance before the state school board of Ohiomarker. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, an organization dedicated to opposing the religious right, and Scientists and Engineers for America, an organization focused on promoting sound science in American government.

He attended and was a speaker at the Beyond Belief symposium in November 2006 and again in October 2008. He also served on Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign science policy committee. In 2008 he was named co-president of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Krauss is one of the few living scientists that Scientific American has referred to as a 'public intellectual', and is the only physicist ever to have been awarded the highest awards of all three major US Physics Societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Krauss is also a critic of string theory, which he takes on in his 2005 book, Hiding in the Mirror.

Publications

  • The Fifth Essence (1991) ISBN 0-465-02377-0
  • Fear of Physics (1994) ISBN 0-465-02367-3
  • The Physics of Star Trek (1995) ISBN 0-465-00559-4
  • Beyond Star Trek (1998) ISBN 0-06-097757-4
  • Quintessence (2001) ISBN 0-465-03741-0
  • Atom (2002) ISBN 0-316-18309-1
  • Hiding in the Mirror (2005) ISBN 0-670-03395-2


A more complete list of publications can be found here

Awards

  • Gravity Research Foundation First prize award (1984)
  • Presidential Investigator Award (1986)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology (2000)
  • Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize (2001)
  • Andrew Gemant Award (2001)
  • American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award (2002)
  • Oersted Medal (2003)
  • American Physical Society Joseph P. Burton Forum Award (2005)
  • Center for Inquiry World Congress Science in the Public Interest Award (2009)
  • Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Astronomical Society of Canada (2009)


References

  1. Origins
  2. Wired 2004


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