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Interview with Frank Wilczek, physics Nobel laureate 2004


Frank Wilczek, born May 15, 1951, New York, New York, U.S. American physicist who, with David J. Gross and H. David Politzer, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 for discovery of asymptotic freedom in quantum chromodynamics.

After graduating from the University of Chicago (B.S., 1970), Wilczek studied under Gross at Princeton University, earning an M.S. in mathematics (1972) and a Ph.D. in physics (1974). He later served on the faculty at Princeton (1974–81) and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1980–88). In 1989 Wilczek became a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2000 he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he holds the Herman Feshbach Professorship of Physics.

Wilczek also contributed to the study of questions relating to cosmology, condensed matter physics, and black holes. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the UNESCO's Dirac Medal (1994), the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society (2003) and Lorentz medal (2002).

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