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Subir Sachdev
Herchel Smith Professor of Physics
Harvard University
Harvard University

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Department of Physics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email : lastname@g.harvard.edu
Web : sachdev.physics.harvard.edu
YouTube : youtube.com/@SachdevSYK


Education and Degrees


  • Foreign Member, The Royal Society, 2023 (picture).
    Citation: Subir Sachdev has made profound contributions to theoretical condensed matter physics research. His main interests have been in quantum magnetism, quantum criticality, and perhaps most innovative of all, links between the nature of quantum entanglement in black holes and strongly interacting electrons in materials.
  • Jacques Solvay International Chair in Physics 2023, International Solvay Institutes, Brussels.
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2019 (picture).
  • Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, 2019.
  • Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Delhi, 2019 (picture).
    Citation: Professor Subir Sachdev is a world renowned condensed matter theorist, with many seminal contributions to the theory of strongly interacting condensed matter systems. He is a pioneer in the study of systems near quantum phase transitions. He has also pioneered the exploration of the connection between physical properties of modern quantum materials and the nature of quantum entanglement in their many-particle state, elucidating the diverse varieties of entangled states of quantum matter.
  • New England Choice Award, Academics, 2018.
  • Dirac Medal (picture), International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, 2018; shared with Dam Thanh Son and Xiao-Gang Wen for "independent contributions towards understanding novel phases in strongly interacting many-body systems, introducing original transdisciplinary techniques".
    Citation: Subir Sachdev has made pioneering contributions to many areas of theoretical condensed matter physics. Of particular importance were the development of the theory of quantum critical phenomena in insulators, superconductors and metals; the theory of spin-liquid states of quantum antiferromagnets and the theory of fractionalized phases of matter; the study of novel deconfinement phase transitions; the theory of quantum matter without quasiparticles; and the application of many of these ideas to a priori unrelated problems in black hole physics, including a concrete model of non-Fermi liquids.
  • Lars Onsager Prize (picture), American Physical Society, 2018.
    Citation: for his seminal contributions to the theory of quantum phase transitions, quantum magnetism, and fractionalized spin liquids, and for his leadership in the physics community.
  • Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising, Certificate of Distinction, Harvard University, 2016.
  • Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics (picture), the Australian Institute of Physics, the University of New South Wales, and the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2015.
    Citation: The Dirac Medal was awarded to Professor Sachdev in recognition of his many seminal contributions to the theory of strongly interacting condensed matter systems: quantum phase transitions, including the idea of critical deconfinement and the breakdown of the conventional symmetry based Landau-Ginsburg-Wilson paradigm; the prediction of exotic 'spin-liquid' and fractionalized states; and applications to the theory of high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprate materials.
  • Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2014 (picture)
    Citation: Sachdev has made seminal advances in the theory of condensed matter systems near a quantum phase transition, which have elucidated the rich variety of static and dynamic behavior in such systems, both at finite temperatures and at T=0. His book, Quantum Phase Transitions, is the basic text of the field.
  • Salam Distinguished Lectures 2014, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (picture), Old Boys' Association, St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore, September 8, 2013
  • Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, 2012
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2009-2014.
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2003.
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2001
    Citation: For his contributions to the theory of quantum phase transitions and its application to correlated electron materials.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, February 1989.
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, July 1988 - July 1993 (picture).
  • LeRoy Apker Award (picture), given by the American Physical Society, January 1983
    Citation: For his accomplishments as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including his research "Quantum Electrodynamics in a Damped Cavity"
  • Honorable Mention in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical competition, 1980.

Significant Research Accomplishments
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