Prize Recipient

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Zvi Bern
University of California, Los Angeles


"For pathbreaking contributions to the calculation of perturbative scattering amplitudes, which led to a deeper understanding of quantum field theory and to powerful new tools for computing QCD processes."


Zvi Bern is currently Professor of Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He did postdoctoral work at the Niels Bohr Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of Pittsburgh before joining the UCLA physics department. He won a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a US Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is interested in finding ever improved ways to understand how elementary particles scatter off each other, bypassing complexities inherent in Feynman diagrams. He is especially interested in applications to physics at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and, on the more theoretical side, in applications to supersymmetric gauge and gravity theories, including their surprisingly good ultraviolet properties. A brief lecture by Zvi Bern related to these topics can be found in the video, "Feynman Diagrams: Past, Present and Future".