Past Director

Marvin L. Goldberger


Marvin L. “Murph” Goldberger, a prominent physicist with a distinguished career in higher education, served as the Institute for Advanced Study’s sixth Director from 1987 to 1991. During his tenure, Goldberger created positive growth and change through Faculty appointments and campus building projects, including the buildings now known as Simonyi Hall and Wolfensohn Hall, among other initiatives. 

Goldberger, born in 1922 in Chicago, earned his B.S. at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon University) and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. While serving in the Army shortly after graduation, he was assigned to the Manhattan Project, where he worked under renowned physicist Enrico Fermi from 1943­­–45. Goldberger’s association with the Institute dates back to 1953, while he was on leave from the University of Chicago at Princeton University. He interacted regularly with Institute Director J. Robert Oppenheimer and other physicists at the Institute, where he eventually came as a Member (1966–70,1976­–77) in the School of Natural Sciences. Goldberger helped to guide U.S. science policy in the 1960s, serving on the President’s Science Advisory Committee from 1965–69 and as a consultant to the Department of Defense. 

Dates at IAS
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
University of Chicago Ph.D., 1948
Carnegie Institute of Technology B.Sc., 1943
Member, American Philosophical Society 1980
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1965
Member, National Academy of Sciences 1963
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1961
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
United States Department of Defense – Consultant
University of California, San Diego 1993–1999 Emeritus Professor of Physics 2000–, Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences 1993–99,
University of California, Los Angeles 1991–1993 Professor of Physics
California Institute of Technology 1978–1987 President
Princeton University 1957–1978 Joseph Henry Professor of Physics 1977–78, Eugene V. Higgins Professor of Physics 1957–77, Department Chairman 1970–76
President’s Scientific Advisory Committee 1965–1969 Member
University of Chicago 1950–1957 Professor of Physics 1955–57, Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics 1950–55