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Subir Sachdev
Herchel Smith Professor of Physics
Harvard University
Harvard University

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Office Address
Department of Physics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495 - 3923
Fax: (617) 496-2545
Email : lastname@g.harvard.edu
Web : http://qpt.physics.harvard.edu
Citizen of USA; Overseas Citizen of India


Education and Degrees


  • Lars Onsager Prize, 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 (picture) for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics, 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
    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.
  • 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, National Science Foundation, July 1988 - July 1993.
  • LeRoy Apker Award, given by the American Physical Society for ‘outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate’, January 1983.

Significant Research Accomplishments
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Ph.D. Students and Postdocs