Professor George B. Benedek received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 1953. He is now the Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Physics and Biological Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor of Physics and Health Sciences and Technology in the in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. An experimental physicist, he has published one hundred and eighty research papers in a variety of fields including high pressure physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, quasielastic light scattering spectroscopy, phase transitions and critical phenomena in ferromagnets, simple fluids, micelles and microemulsions. His recent work focuses on the connection between aggregation, phase separation and self-assembly of biological macromolecules and cataract disease, Alzheimer's disease, and cholesterol gallstone formation.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the American Physical Society's Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, and the Proctor Medal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology for his work on the theory of transparency of the cornea and the lens.