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David Gross is the Chancellor's Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and was formerly the KITP director and holder of their Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics. He is also a faculty member in the UCSB Physics Department and is currently affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2020, he became Past President of the American Physical Society. Prof. Gross also serves as a Member on ICTP Scientific Council.

Along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction.”

Born in Washington D.C., in 1941, his bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1962 and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966, under the supervision of Geoffrey Chew. He holds honorary degrees from institutions in the US,
Britain, France, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, China, the Philippines and

Prof. Gross started his successful career as a Junior Fellow at Harvard University (1966–69)  and a Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University until 1997, when he began serving as Princeton's Thomas Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics Emeritus.

Prof. Gross' scientific interest include high-energy physics, string theory, quantum field theory.

For his research he has been awarded numerous honours, including the Sakurai Prize in 1986, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987, the DIRAC Medal in 1988, the Oscar Klein Medal in 2000, the Harvey Prize in 2000, the EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Prize in 2003, the Grande Médaille d’Or in 2004, and the Medal of Honor by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research of Dubna, Russia, in 2016. 

Abstract: Quantum Chromodynamics is fifty years old this year. Prof. Gross will discuss the past, present and future of this remarkable theory. 

The title of the Colloquium is " Fifty Years of Quantum Chromodynamics".

The event will take place in the Budinich Lecture Hall on the ICTP campus. It will also possible to listen to the event from the Stasi Lecture Hall. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. All are welcome to attend.

The talk will also be live-streamed at
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