Douglas Stanford

Institute for Advanced Study and Stanford University

2018 New Horizons in Physics Prize

For profound new insights on quantum chaos and its relation to gravity.


Theoretical physics is a highly collaborative field, and I owe a lot to the communities at Stanford, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I was especially lucky to be able to work closely over several years with Stephen Shenker and Juan Maldacena. I am grateful to my family and for the privilege to live in a time and place where it is possible for many scientists to work on basic research and follow their interests without compromise. Of course, it isn’t always easy, and I will interpret this prize as an encouragement to press on when confidence slips.

Douglas Stanford

Breakthrough Prize Symposium Talks