Douglas Stanford

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.

Breakthrough Prize Symposium Talks

Breakthrough Prize Interviews

Selected Public Talks