Steven Weinberg, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin
Steven Weinberg is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research on elementary particle physics and cosmology has been honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics, the National Medal of Science, the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society, the Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics, and numerous other awards. In 2020 he received a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He has been elected to the National Academy of Science and Britain’s Royal Society and other academies, and holds eighteen honorary doctoral degrees. He has written over 350 scientific articles, and seven treatises on general relativity, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics. Among his books for general readers are Dreams of a Final Theory and The First Three Minutes, and three collections of published essays, Facing Up, Lake Views, and Third Thoughts. Many of these essays first appeared in The New York Review of Books. His latest book for general readers is To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science. For this writing, he has received the Lewis Thomas Award for the Scientist as Poet, and other awards. Educated at Cornell, Copenhagen, and Princeton, he taught at Columbia, Berkeley, M.I.T. and Harvard, where he was Higgins Professor of Physics, before coming to Texas in 1982.