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Because mathematics provides the common reference point for all of physics, the UCSB Department of Physics has had a long-standing goal of building a deeper and stronger connection with the Department of Mathematics here at UCSB. Towards this end, the Math and Physics Departments bridged the gap between the disciplines of pure mathematics and theoretical physics by welcoming one of the world’s leading mathematical physicist, David Morrison, as a joint professor.
David Morrison received his PhD at Harvard University in 1980, and came to UCSB from Duke University where he was the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and Physics. He is an unusually gifted and successful mathematician with interests in algebraic geometry. He has extended his mathematical work to theoretical physics, specifically string theory. Professor Morrison is already celebrated for his work, and his recent honors include a Clay Scholarship and a Guggenheim Scholarship. He has served in numerous professional and university service capacities including the executive Committee of the Council of the American Mathematical Society, and the Advisory Council of Princeton University’s Mathematics Department.