Professor Emeritus

Freeman J. Dyson

School of Natural Sciences
Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics 
Natural Sciences
Field of Study
Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics

Freeman Dyson’s work on quantum electrodynamics marked an epoch in physics. The techniques he used in this domain form the foundation for most modern theoretical work in elementary particle physics and the quantum many-body problem. He has made highly original and important contributions to an astonishing range of topics, from number theory to adaptive optics. His most recent research, in collaboration with William Press of the University of Texas, found new strategies for Prisoners’ Dilemma, a game used by population biologists as a model for the evolution of cooperation.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus: Natural Sciences


Faculty: Natural Sciences


Member: Math/NS

9/195012/1950 Fall

Member: Math/NS

University of Cambridge B.A., 1945
Awards: Henri Poincaré Prize 2012; Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion 2000; Enrico Fermi Award 1995; American Association of Physics Teachers, Oersted Medal 1991; Wolf Prize in Physics 1981; Harvey Prize 1977; German Physical Society, Max Planck Medal 1969; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1965
Memberships: National Academy of Sciences; Royal Society; Russian Academy of Sciences
Cornell University 1951–1953 Professor
University of Birmingham 1949–1951 Research Fellow