Randall, Lisa

Randall, Lisa, 1962–, American theoretical physicist and writer, b. New York City, B.A. Harvard University, 1983, Ph.D. Harvard University, 1987. Randall is a theoretical physicist and noted authority on particle physics and cosmology. She was the first woman to earn tenure in the field of physics at Princeton, MIT, and Harvard, where she has served as professor since 2001. Her research focuses on puzzles in the current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. Randall's work has made significant contributions to the study of extra dimensions of space, particle physics, and supersymmetry. In 2004, she was recognized as the most cited theoretical physicist in the world, with a reported total of approximately 10,000 citations. In 2007, Time magazine selected Randall as one of the most influential people in the world. Described by Newsweek as "one of the most promising theoretical physicists of her generation," Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her writings include Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions (2005), Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (2011), Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space (2012), and Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe (2015).

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