Eva Silverstein

Eva Silverstein

Eva Silverstein (born October 24, 1970) is an American physicist and string theorist. She is best known for her work on tachyon condensation in string theory and resulting resolution of some spacetime singularities (with Adams, Polchinski, and others). Her other significant research contributions include the construction of the first models of dark energy in string theory, some basic extensions of the AdS/CFT correspondence to more realistic field theories (with Kachru), and the discovery of a predictive new mechanism for cosmic inflation involving D-brane dynamics (with Tong and Alishahiha).


  • Education 1
  • Professional academic history 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • Research areas 4
  • Personal 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Professional academic history

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers University, 1996–1997
  • Assistant Professor, SLAC, Stanford, 1997–2001
  • Associate Professor, SLAC and Stanford Physics Department, Stanford, 2001–2006
  • Professor, SLAC and Stanford Physics Department, Stanford, 2006–Present
  • Professor, University of California Physics Department[1]

Awards and honors

  • MacArthur Fellow, 1999
  • Bergmann Memorial Award, 1999
  • DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator, 1999–2001
  • Sloan Fellowship, 1999–2003

Research areas

String theory, gravity, and particle physics: including moduli stabilization, supersymmetry breaking, and the microphysics of dark energy in string theory; dynamics of interacting scalar fields in cosmology and particle physics; unification of string vacua, singularity resolution, and dualities.


Raised in Spokane, Washington, Silverstein is the daughter of Harry S. and Lorinda Knight Silverstein and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.[2][3][4] Her father is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Washington State University in Pullman.[5]

Silverstein is married to fellow string theorist Shamit Kachru; both were protégés of Edward Witten.


  1. ^ http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/kitpnews/item/?id=60
  2. ^ Vorpahl, Beverly (July 7, 1988). "People". Spokesman-Review. p. S7. 
  3. ^ "Spokane grad gets genius grant". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 7, 1999. p. 3D. 
  4. ^ "Going for it". Spokane Chronicle. photo. July 3, 1982. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Shier, Phyllis (2010). "Professor emeritus endows annual fund for best student philosopher". Washington State University. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 

External links

  • Stanford University: Eva Silverstein
  • List of her papers