Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek
Frank Wilczek
Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Author, A Beautiful Question

FRANK WILCZEK, currently the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT, has received many prizes for his work in physics, including the Nobel Prize (2004) for work he did as a graduate student at Princeton University, when he was 21 years old.

Among other things, he is known for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the exploration of new kinds of quantum statistics (anyons).

Wilczek has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Light Verse and twice in Best American Science Writing (2003, 2005). His television appearances include "ghostbusting" for Penn and Teller (2005). He contributes regularly to Physics Today and to Nature, explaining topics at the frontiers of physics to wider scientific audiences. He received the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society for these activities. He is co-author (with his wife, Betsy Devine) of Longing for the Harmonies, and author of Fantastic Realities, Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces, and, most recently, A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design.