Steve Shenker

Steve Shenker

Stephen Shenker
Born 1953[1]
Nationality American
Fields theoretical physics
Institutions Stanford University
Rutgers University
University of Chicago
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A.)
Cornell University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor John Kogut
Doctoral students Zongan Qiu
Joanne Cohn
Jaume Gomis
Matthew Kleban
Lukasz Fidkowski
Sho Yaida
Known for string theory
phase transitions
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Onsager Prize

Stephen Hart Shenker (born 1953) is an American theoretical physicist who works on string theory. He is a professor at Stanford University and former director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. His brother Scott Shenker is a computer scientist. His contributions to physics include:

  • Basic results on the phase structure of gauge theories (with Eduardo Fradkin)
  • Basic results on two dimensional conformal field theory and its relation to string theory (with Daniel Friedan, Emil Martinec, Zongan Qiu, and others)
  • The nonperturbative formulation of matrix models of low dimensional string theory, the first nonperturbative definitions of string theory (with Michael R. Douglas)
  • The discovery of distinctively stringy nonperturbative effects in string theory, later understood to be caused by D-branes. These effects play a major role in string dynamics
  • The discovery of Matrix Theory, the first nonperturbative definition of String/M theory in a physical number of dimensions. Matrix Theory (see Matrix string theory) is an example of a gauge/gravity duality and is now understood to be a special case of the AdS/CFT correspondence (with Tom Banks, Willy Fischler and Leonard Susskind)
  • The discovery of the first distinct signature of the black hole singularity in AdS/CFT (with Lukasz Fidkowski, Veronika Hubeny and Matthew Kleban)


External links

  • home page of Stephen Shenker at Stanford