Freeman J. Dyson

Past Faculty
School of Natural Sciences

Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics

Affiliation

Natural Sciences

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. In recent years, he has been a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, reviewing books about science and the history of science for the general public.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
School of Natural Sciences
Faculty
School of Natural Sciences
Member
Math/NS
Fall
Member
Math/NS

Degrees

University of Cambridge
B.A.
1945

Honors

Awards: The National Space Society's Robert Heinlein Memorial Award 2018; 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

Appointments

Cornell University
1951–1953
Professor
University of Birmingham
1949–1951
Research Fellow