Lisa Randall

Professor of Physics, Harvard University; Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. Professor Randall’s research connects theoretical insights addressing puzzles in our understanding of the properties of matter, the universe and space. Her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, is a sweeping overview of the evolution of the universe, the Milky Way, the solar system and of life.  

Professor Randall earned her PhD from Harvard University and held professorships at MIT and Princeton University before returning to Harvard in 2001. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society. She is also an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and an honorary fellow of the British Institute of Physics. Professor Randall’s studies have made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists and she is the recipient of many awards and honors for her accomplishments. She made TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2007” list and was featured in Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary issue and in Newsweek’s 2006 “Who’s Next” issue. She is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Brown University, Duke University, Bard College and the University of Antwerp.

Professor Randall’s books Warped Passages (2005) and Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2011) were featured on the New York Times’ lists of “100 Notable Books.” Her e-book Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space was published in 2012.