AKA Brian R. Greene
Birthplace: New York City
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Author, Scientist
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Elegant Universe
Author and professor Brian Greene is a physicist and mathematician recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. Greene gained popular exposure and recognition for his narration of the NOVA miniseries based on his 1999 book The Elegant Universe. Harvard graduate and Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Greene credits his father Alan (who himself did not graduate high school) for teaching him to view the world from new perspectives. The resultant understanding, that things are not as we assume them to be, led to a growing quest to understand the nature of reality, which in turn led him to mathematics and physics. Finally in 1984 -- in response to new theories put forth by John Schwarz and Michael Green -- he immersed himself in string theory, the so-called Final Theory or Theory of Everything. Much of his research has focused on the physical implications and mathematical properties of the extra dimensions postulated by the M-theory.
In 1990, after receiving his doctorate from Oxford University, Green joined the physics faculty at Cornell University. He was appointed a full professor in 1995. In 1996 he joined Columbia University where he is currently a professor and co-director of ISCAP (Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics). He has lectured in more than 25 countries, and has also made appearances on such programs as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, The Century with Peter Jennings, CNN and Time, The Charlie Rose Show, Nightline in Primetime, and The Conan O'Brien Show.
A member of edge.org, Green has published numerous articles on superstring theory and related topics in scientific journals. In 2000 he received the Aventis Prizes for Science Books for The Elegant Universe. His second book The Fabric of the Cosmos was released in 2004.
Father: Alan Greene
High School: Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY (1980)
University: BS Physics, Harvard University
University: PhD Physics, Oxford University (1987)
Professor: Columbia University (1996-)
World Technology Network
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Maze (10-Oct-2000) · Plate Techtonics Man
Frequency (28-Apr-2000) · Himself
Author of books:
The Elegant Universe (1999)
The Fabric of the Cosmos (2004)
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