Science academies in China and Russia recognize Nobel laureate David Gross for his continuing work in theoretical physics

In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come from China and Russia.

This year, the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences awarded Gross an honorary doctorate degree, an event so rare in that country that it requires government approval. And more recently, the Russian Academy of Sciences confirmed Gross as a foreign member and awarded him the Medal of Honor in recognition of his “outstanding and fundamental contributions to quantum chromodynamics.” Gross shared the Nobel Prize in physics with David Politzer and Frank Wilczek for their work in that field. Quantum chromodynamics is the theory of the nuclear force that holds quarks together and binds them inside protons and neutrons.

“It is wonderful to see David recognized for his groundbreaking work and his continued impact on theoretical physics around the world,” said Lars Bildsten, director of UCSB’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP). “David is a strong advocate for the value of physics as a pillar in fundamental research, and I look forward to his future term as president of the American Physical Society.” (Gross just began a four-year term at the APS, where he is currently vice president.)

Read the full article at the UCSB Current: International Kudos