Lawrence M. Krauss, Ph.D.

Nobel Conference 49
Oct. 1 & 2, 2013

Lawrence M. Krauss, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Department of Physics; director of the Origins Project, Arizona State University, Tempe

Lawrence Krauss was one of the first physicists to suggest that most of the mass and energy of the universe resides in empty space, an idea now widely known as “dark energy.” He is an advocate of “scientific skepticism, science education, and the science of morality” and appears regularly in national media for public outreach in science. He currently serves on the advisory board of Scientists and Engineers for America, an organization focused on promoting sound science in American government.

Born in New York City, Krauss grew up in Toronto, Canada, and earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics with first class honors from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1977. He was awarded a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. After time with the Harvard Society of Fellows, he became an assistant professor at Yale University in 1985 before moving to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1993 as professor of astronomy and chair of the physics department. In August 2008 Krauss joined the faculty at Arizona State University, also assuming responsibilities as director of a university initiative, the Origins Project. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Physics of Star Trek (1995) and A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing (2012). In 2012 he was awarded the National Science Board’s Public Service Medal for his contributions to public education in science.