Jeffrey A. Harvey Appointed to Institute for Advanced Study Board of Trustees

Jeffrey A. Harvey (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

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Jeffrey A. Harvey, Enrico Fermi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, effective July 1, 2013. Harvey was nominated by the Institute’s School of Natural Sciences. He will succeed Curtis Callan, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics at Princeton University, who has served on the Institute’s Board since 2008.

Harvey’s research encompasses a broad range of topics in string theory, particle theory, mathematical physics and cosmology. His current focus is on the connection between computations of the entropy of black holes in string theory and mock modular forms, as well as the “moonshine” connections between mock modular forms and the representation theory of certain finite groups.

Harvey received his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After a postdoctoral position at Princeton University, he served on Princeton’s Faculty as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and full Professor before joining the University of Chicago’s Faculty in 1990. He has been a Visitor in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Natural Sciences twice, in 1999–2000 and 2005.

Among other honors, he is the recipient of the University of Chicago’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Sloan Fellow, a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and an American Physical Society Fellow.

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