Tuesday, October 5, 2004
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today (Tuesday, Oct. 5) announced that the Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, and two colleagues for their explanation of the force that binds particles inside the atomic nucleus.

With their discovery, the researchers “have brought physics one step closer to fulfilling a grand dream, to formulate a unified theory comprising gravity as well – a theory for everything," the academy said in announcing the prize.

Gross, 63, who received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1966, joined the Kavli Institute in 1997. He is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including the J.J. Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society (1986), a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1987), the Dirac Medal (1988) and the Oscar Klein Medal and Harvey Prize of the Technion (both in 2000). Earlier this year, Gross was selected to receive France’s highest scientific honor, the Grande Medaille D’Or, for his contributions to the understanding of fundamental physical reality.
“ Professor Gross, an alumnus of the University of California, has been a superb researcher and teacher throughout his career, and the awarding of the Nobel in physics today underscores his significant contributions to the field and his achievements in the creation of new knowledge,” said UC President Robert C. Dynes. “This award underscores, once again, the major contribution that research universities make to our understanding of the world. My heartfelt congratulations to my colleague and a fellow physicist.”

With today’s Nobel Prize to Gross, 47 researchers affiliated with the University of California have been awarded Nobel Prizes. This is the 14th time UC faculty have won the prize in physics.

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Press release from UC Santa Barbara on its latest Nobel laureate:

A complete list of the University of California’s Nobel laureates: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/factsheets/nobellaur.pdf



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