Marvin L. Goldberger

Past Director

Home Institution

University of California, San Diego

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

Director
Member
School of Natural Sciences
Member
School of Natural Sciences

Degrees

University of Chicago
Ph.D.
1948
Carnegie Institute of Technology
B.Sc.
1943

Honors

1980
Member, American Philosophical Society
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1965
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1963
Member, National Academy of Sciences
1961
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

Appointments

United States Department of Defense
Consultant
University of California, San Diego
Emeritus Professor of Physics 2000–, Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences 1993–99,
University of California, Los Angeles
Professor of Physics
California Institute of Technology
President
Princeton University
Joseph Henry Professor of Physics 1977–78, Eugene V. Higgins Professor of Physics 1957–77, Department Chairman 1970–76
President’s Scientific Advisory Committee
Member
University of Chicago
Professor of Physics 1955–57, Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics 1950–55