Joseph Polchinski Receives 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics


Awarded for his transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity, distinguished UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski has won the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe.

Polchinksi, a permanent member of UCSB’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga Professor of Theoretical Physics, shares the award and $3 million prize with Harvard physicists Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa. 

News Date: 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016