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Professor of Physics
Name: Max Erik Tegmark
Title(s): Professor of Physics
Phone: (617) 452-4627
Assistant: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Professor Tegmark's research is focused on precision cosmology, e.g., combining theoretical work with new measurements to place sharp constraints on cosmological models and their free parameters. Spectacular new measurements are providing powerful tools for this... more >>
A native of Stockholm, Tegmark left Sweden in 1990 after receiving his B.Sc. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (he’d earned a B.A. in Economics the previous year at the Stockholm School of Economics). His first academic venture beyond Scandinavia brought him to California, where he studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his M.A. in 1992, and Ph.D. in 1994.
After four years of west coast living, Tegmark returned to Europe and accepted an appointment as a research associate with the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik in Munich. In 1996 he headed back to the U.S. as a Hubble Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Tegmark remained in New Jersey for a few years until an opportunity arrived to experience the urban northeast with an Assistant Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received tenure in 2003.
He extended the east coast experiment and moved north of Philly to the shores of the Charles River (Cambridge-side), arriving at MIT in September 2004. He is married to Meia-Chita Tegmark and has two sons, Philip and Alexander.
Tegmark is an author on more than two hundred technical papers, and has featured in dozens of science documentaries. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship (2001-06), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002-07), and an NSF Career grant (2002-07), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”
For more on his research, publications, and students, or his fun articles, goofs, and photo album, please visit Prof. Tegmark’s home page.
- "Parallel Universes" (Scientific American, May 2003)
- "Map reveals strange cosmos" (BBC News Online, 3 March 2003)
- "Breakthrough of the Year: 2003" (Science, December 2003)
- More Popular Articles
- "Inflationary Constraints on Type IIA String Theory", M. P. Hertzberg, S. Kachru, W. Taylor, and M. Tegmark. JHEP 0712:095 (2007); arXiv: 0711.2512 (hep-th).
- Tegmark, M., et al, "Cosmological Parameters from SDSS and WMAP," Phys. Rev. D 69 (2004), 103501.
- Tegmark, M., et al, "The 3D Power Spectrum of Galaxies from the SDSS," Astrophys. J. 606 (2004), 702-740.
- Tegmark, M., "Measuring Spacetime: From the Big Bang to Black Holes," Science 296 (24 May 2002), 1427-1433.
- Tegmark, M., de Oliveira-Costa, A., and Hamilton, A.J.S., "A High Resolution Foreground Cleaned CMB Map from WMAP," Phys. Rev. D 68 (2003), 123523.
- Tegmark, M., Silk, J., Rees, M., Blanchard, A., Abel, T., and Palla, F., "How Small Were the First Cosmological Objects?" ApJ 474 (1997), 1-12.
- Tegmark, M., "The Importance of Quantum Decoherence in Brain Processes," Phys. Rev. E (10 November 1999).
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