Brief Curriculum Vitae (PDF version)
Department of Physics
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Web : sachdev.physics.harvard.edu
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- Herchel Smith Professor of Physics at Harvard University, July 1, 2015 onwards.
- Visiting Professor, College de France, May-June 2022.
- Maureen and John Hendricks Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
- Visiting Scholar, Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation, July 2019 onwards.
- Cenovus Energy James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics (Visiting) at the
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Feb 1, 2014 to Jan 31, 2019; Feb 1, 2022 to January 31, 2025.
- Chair, Department of Physics, Harvard University, January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
- Professor of Physics at Harvard University, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2015.
- Stanley S. Hanna Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Fall 2017.
- Dr. Homi Bhabha Chair Professorship at the
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.
- Cenovus Energy James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics (Visiting) at the
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Feb 1, 2014 to Jan 31, 2019; Aug 1, 2020 to July 31, 2023.
- Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1995 to June 30, 2005.
- Associate Professor (tenured) of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1995.
- Associate Professor (term) of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1992.
- Assistant Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1989.
- Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell
Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ from September 1, 1985 to August 31,
Education and Degrees
- High school (upto 10th grade) at St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore, India.
- 11th grade at Kendriya Vidyalaya, ASC Center, Bangalore, India.
- Freshman year at the Indian Institute
of Technology, Delhi, 1978-79.
- S. B. (Bachelor of Science) in Physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, February 1982 (picture).
- A. M. (Master of Arts) in Physics from Harvard
University, June 1984 (picture).
- Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics from Harvard
University, November 1985. Thesis title: Frustration and Order in Rapidly
Cooled Metals (picture).
- M. A. (honorary) from Yale University, 1995.
- 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).
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)
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
See Wikipedia page.
Named and plenary lectures
- Peterson Public Lecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, April 26, 2022.
- Arline and Michael Magde Colloquium, Boston College, March 2, 2022.
- Boltzmann Lecture, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste, February 21, 2022.
- The Racah Memorial Lecture, The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 21, 2021.
- H. L. Welsh Lectures in Physics, University of Toronto, May 6,7, 2021.
- New Horizons in Physics-IPA50,
Commemorating 50 years of Indian Physics Association, APS-IPA Joint Lecture, February 27, 2021.
- Distinguished Colloquium and Lectureship, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, February 17-19, 2021.
- Helen and Morton Sternheim Lecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 10, 2020.
- Marker Lectures, Penn State University, State College, December 4-6, 2019.
- R.E. Bell Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, February 22, 2019.
- Physics Department Memorial Lectureship, University of California, San Diego, February 14, 2019.
- Homi Bhabha Memorial Public Lecture, IISER Pune, November 14, 2017.
- Distinguished lecture, Texas A&M University, November 9, 2017.
- Biard Lecture, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, November 2, 2017.
- 13th Homi Bhabha Public Lecture, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, January 17, 2017.
- Dirac Lecture, University of New South Wales, Australia, September 1, 2015.
- Salam Distinguished Lectures, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, January 27-30, 2014.
- Institute Lecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, January 21, 2014.
- Bethe Colloquium, Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Bonn, January 14, 2013.
- Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 2012.
- Arnold Sommerfeld Lectures, University of Munich, January 31 - February 3, 2012.
- HRI-Girdharilal Mehta Lecture, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, January 13, 2012.
- Rapporteur at the 25th Solvay Conference on Physics - The Theory of the Quantum World, Brussels, October 19-22, 2011.
- Plenary talk at the International Conference on
Strong Correlated Electron Systems,
August 30, 2011.
- Marc Kac Memorial Lectures, Los Alamos National Laboratory, May 3-5, 2011.
- Moshe Flato Lectures, Ben Gurion University, March 10, 2011.
- Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Lectures, International Center for Theoretical Sciences,
Bangalore, Dec 6-8, 2010
- Plenary talk at the 24th International Conference on Statistical Physics, Cairns, Australia, July 2010.
- Niels Bohr Lecture, Niels Bohr Institute, May 5, 2010
- Colloquium Pierre et Marie Curie, University of Paris, May 3, 2010
- De Sitter Lecture Series in Theoretical Physics 2009, University of Groningen, November 2009
- Solvay colloquium, International Solvay Institutes, Brussels, October 2009
- Rapporteur at the 24th Solvay Conference on Physics, Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter, Brussels, Oct 11-13, 2008.
- Plenary talk at the 25th International Conference on Low
Temperature Physics, Amsterdam, August 2008
- Distinguished Lecture Series, Technion, Israel, March 2007.
- Plenary talk at the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems,
Karlsruhe, Germany, July 2004
- F. A. Matsen Endowed Regents Lecture on the Structure of Matter at the University of Texas at Austin, October 2002.
- "Colloquium Ehrenfestii", at the Lorentz
Institute in Leiden, Holland, May 1998.
- Plenary talk at the 19th International Conference on Statistical Physics, Xiamen, August 1995.
Ph.D. Students and Postdocs