Lisa Randall
Harvard University
Physics Department 461 Jefferson Laboratory
Cambridge, MA 02138

Professional Experience

  • Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science: Harvard University, Jul. 2009–present
  • Professor of Physics: Harvard University, Jul. 2001–Jul. 2009
  • Professor of Physics: MIT, Sept. 1998–Jul. 2001
  • Professor of Physics: Princeton University, Jul. 1998–Sept. 2000
  • Associate Professor of Physics: MIT, Jul. 1995–Jul. 1998
  • Assistant Professor of Physics: MIT, Jul. 1991–Jul. 1995


  • PhD, Harvard University: Sept. 1983–Jun. 1987, Theoretical Particle Physics
    Graduate Advisor(s): Howard Georgi
  • BA, Harvard University: Sept. 1980–Jun. 1983, Physics

Honorary Degrees

  • Doctor of Science: Brown University, May 2011
  • Doctor of Science: Duke University, May 2011
  • Doctor of Science: Bard College, May 2010
  • Doctor Honoris Causa: University of Antwerp, Belgium, Apr. 2006

Awards and Memberships

  • Julius Wess Prize: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Jul. 2016
  • The Walker Prize: Boston Museum of Science, Sep. 2015
  • Andrew Gemant Award: American Institute of Physics, Apr. 2013
  • Scientist of the Year: Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Mar. 2013
  • Member: European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Jul. 2012-present
  • Member: American Philosophical Society, Apr. 2010-present
  • Honorary Fellow: Institute of Physics (IOP), London, 2010
  • Member: National Academy of Sciences, May 2008-present
  • Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize: American Physical Society, Apr. 2007
  • Member: American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS), 2004-present
  • Fellow: American Physical Society (APS), 2003


  • Dark Matter Distribution in the Era of Gaia: “Darkly-Charged Dark Matter”, Nordita, Stockholm, Oct. 2016
  • 2016 Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics Tahoe Summit: “Charged Dark Matter and a Dark Matter Disk”, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, Glenbrook, NV, Sept. 2016
  • MIAPP/Munchner Physik-Kolloquium: “Double Disk Dark Matter”, Munich Institute for Astro and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany, Jul. 2015
  • NORDITA 2015: Spacetime Odyssey Continues “Theoretical Cosmology in the 21st Century”, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Piperska Muren, Stockholm, Sweden, Jun. 2015
  • Future Prospects for Fundamental Particle Physics and Cosmology Workshop: “Double Disk Dark Matter”, Stony Brook, NY, May 2015
  • Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Days at CERN: “The Future of Cosmic Ray Physics and Latest Results – Indirect Detection: Enhanced Density Models and Antideuteron Searches”, Zurich, Apr. 2015

Workshop and Conference Organization

  • Organizing Committee: “Anticipating 14 TeV: Insights into Matter from the LHC and Beyond”, Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany, Jul. 2015
  • Organizing Committee: “Harvard Self-Interacting Dark Matter Workshop”, Harvard University,  MA, Aug. 2013.
  • Organizing Committee: “The First Year of LHC Physics” Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, Dec. 2010
  • International Advisory Committee: “EuroPhysics Conference on High Energy Physics”, Krakow, Poland, Jul. 2009
  • International Advisory Committee: “Strings 2009”, The Pontificia Università S. Tommaso, Rome, Italy, Jun. 2009
  • International Advisory Committee: “SUSY ’09”, Northeastern University, Jun. 2009


  • Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, Lisa Randall. Ecco Press at HarperCollins, Oct. 2015
  • Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, Lisa Randall. Ecco Press at HarperCollins, Jul. 2012 (Kindle Edition); Random House, Jul. 2012 (Paperback)
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, Lisa Randall. Ecco Press at HarperCollins, Sept. 2011
  • Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions, Lisa Randall. Allen Lane at Penguin, June 2005 (eBook, Paperback); Ecco Press at HarperCollins, Sept. 2005

Named Physics Lectures

  • 2015 Julius Wess Award: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs”, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, Jul. 2016
  • Niels Bohr Lecture: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs”Niels Bohr Institutet, Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Jun. 2016
  • 56th Cherwell Simon Lecture: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs”, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, May 2016
  • National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Science: “New Ideas About Dark Matter”, National Science Foundation, Arlington VA, Apr. 2016
  • York-Fields Lecture: “New Dark Matter Theory”, York University, Toronto, Canada, Dec. 2015
  • 2012 AIP (American Institute of Physics) Andrew Gemant Award Lecture: “Truth and Beauty and Other Scientific Misconceptions”, University of Denver, CO, Apr. 2013
  • Oppenheimer Lecture: “What’s so Small to You is so Large to Me”, University of California, Berkeley, Mar. 2011
  • Erna Hamburger Prize Lecture 2010: “Warped Passages: My Experience in Physics”, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne WISH Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland, Mar. 2010

Public Lectures

  • Fundacio Catalunya La Pedrera: “Lisa Randall conversa amb Eduard Salvador“, Barcelona, Spain. Oct. 2016
  • DAI (Deutsch Amerikanisches Institut) Heidelberg: “Dunkle Materie und Dinosaurier”, Heidelberg, Germany, Jul. 2016
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: “Deep Dive: Space–Why We Explore”, Aspen, CO. Jun. 2016
  • Tokyo University Public Lecture: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs”, KAVLI Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo, Japan, Jun. 2016
  • Ciudad de las Ideas, Origins of the Future:Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe,” Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Apr. 2016
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