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Hirosi Ooguri

(spelled as "Hiroshi Oguri" in government documents)  

Fred Kavli Professor and Director
Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
California Institute of Technology
Mail Code 452-48, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, 277-8583, Japan

email: ooguri at

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Finishing his graduate study in two years, Ooguri became a tenured faculty member at the University of Tokyo in 1986. He was a member the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago one month before receiving his Ph.D. in 1989. He was an Associate Professor at Kyoto University and returned to the United States as a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley. He moved Caltech in 2000, where he is the inaugural holder of the Fred Kavli Chair.

At Caltech, Ooguri served as the Deputy Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, equivalent of a Vice Dean of Physical Sciences. He led the establishment of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics and was appointed its Founding Director in 2014.

Ooguri also helped establish the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan in 2007. After serving as its Principal Investigator for 11 years, he became the Director in 2018.

Ooguri has been a member of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2003. He seved as the Scientific Secretary, a Trustee, and the President of the Center.

Ooguri is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Investigator of the Simons Foundation. He has received the Eisenbud Prize from the American Mathematical Society, the Humboldt Research Award and the Hamburg Prize in Germany, and the Nishina Memorial Prize in Japan.

Ooguri's popular science books have sold over a quarter million copies in Japan, and one of them was awarded the Kodansha Prize for Science Books. He also supervised a science movie, which was selected for the Best Educational Production Award from the International Planetarium Society.


1984 Kyoto University Bachelor of Science  
1986 Kyoto University Master of Science  
1989 University of Tokyo Doctor of Science Doctoral Thesis


1986-1989 University of Tokyo Assistant Professor (tenured)
1988-1989 Institute for Advanced Study Member
1989-1990 University of Chicago Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
1990-1996 RIMS, Kyoto University Associate Professor (tenured)
1996-2000 University of California, Berkeley Professor
1996-2000 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Faculty Senior Scientist
2000-2007 California Institute of Technology Professor
2007-present           ″ Fred Kavli Professor
2010-2015           ″ Deputy Chair of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
2014-present           ″ Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
2018-present Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe Director [ Inaugural Address

Professional Activities

2003-present Aspen Center for Physics Member
2010-2011           Scientific Secretary
2011-2016           Trustee
2016-2019           President
2007-2018 Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe Principal Investigator

Awards & Honors

2008 Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics (Inaugural Award) American Mathematical Society
2008 Humboldt Research Award Alexandar Von Humboldt Foundation
2009 Takagi Lecturer Mathematical Society of Japan
2009 Nishina Memorial Prize Nishina Memorial Foundation
2012 Simons Investigator (Inaugural Award) Simons Foundation
2012 Fellow in the Inaugural Class American Mathematical Society
2014 Kodansha Prize for Science Books Kodansha
2016 Chunichi Cultural Award Chunichi Shimbun
2016 Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2016 Best Educational Production Award International Planetarium Society
2017 Member Japan Writers' Association
2018 Hamburg Prize Joachim Herz Foundation
Nishina Prize Ceremony
Left: Nishina Prize Ceremony with 3 Nobel Laureates: Masatoshi Koshiba, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa.
Right: Hamburg Prize Ceremony at the Planetarium Hamburg [photos courtesy of Joachim Herz Stiftung/Claudia Höhne]

Research Publication

List of Research Papers at INSPIRE

Citation Analysis at INSPIRE

Citation Analysis at Google Scholar

Visiting Appointments

1993-1994 Harvard University Visiting Scholar
1994  Fall Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris Visiting Professor
2007  Spring University of Tokyo Visiting Professor
2015  Fall Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Director's Visiting Professor
2016  Spring Harvard University Visiting Scholar
2019  Spring Galileo Galilei Institute, Florence Simons Visiting Professor

Services to Caltech

2001-2018 Physics Faculty Search Committee Co-Chair in 2003-2006
2003-2017 Mathematics Faculty Search Committee Member
2003-present Physics Colloquium Committee Chair in 2012-2015 and 2019-present
2010-2012 PMA Long Term Strategic Planning Committee Chair
2011-2014 Faculty Board Steering Committee Member in 2012-2014
2012-2015 Undergraduate Admissions Committee Member
2015-2016 Physics Graduate Committee Member
2016-2017 Physics Strategic Planning Committee Member
2016-2017 Mathematics Strategic Planning Committee Member

Advisory Boards and Review Boards

multiple years DOE and NSF Review Panels Washington D.C.
2005-2008 Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics University of California, Santa Barbara
2005-present International Scientific Committee Strings Conference Series
2008, 2012, 2015, 2018 Solvay Institutes Brussels, Belgium
2008-2011 Banff International Research Station Banff, Canada
2011-present Steering Committee Asian Winter School Series
2013-2017 Research Institute for Mathematical Sciencers Kyoto University
2013 Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing, China
2015 International Scientific Committee International Congress of Mathematical Physics
2016, 2019 CERN Theory Group Permanent Staff Search Committee Geneva, Switzerland
2018-present Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics University of California, Davis
2018 Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) Seoul, Korea
2018 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai, India
2019-present ICTP-AP Scientific Council Beijing, China
2019-present Cluster of Excellence, Hamburg University Hamburg, Germany
2019-present Steering Committee String-Math Conference Series
2020 Institute for Basic Science Pohang, Korea

Prize Selection Committee

2014 Kyoto Prize
2016 - present Nishina Memorial Prize
2017, 2018 Soros Fellowship for New Americans
2019 Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award
2019 Inamori Research Institute for Science Fellowship

Editorial Boards

1997-2006 Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP)
1997-present Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
1998-2013 Nuclear Physics B
2006-2009 Physical Review D
2014-2015 Communications in Mathematical Physics

Conference Organization

The Strings Conferences Strings 1998  Santa Barbara, California
Strings 2003  Kyoto, Japan
Strings 2018  Okinawa, Japan
String-Math Conference String-Math 2018  Sendai, Japan
Aspen Center for Physics Workshops Duality in Physics and Mathematics (1996)
Strings, Branes, and Superpotentials, (2004)
String theory and Quantum Geometry (2007)
Unity of String Theory (2009)
Mathematics of Superconformal Field Theory (2013)
Burke Institute Conferences at Caltech Inaugural Symposium (2015)
Gravitational Wave (2014)
Grassmannian Geometry and Scattering Amplitudes (2014)
F-Theory at 20 (2016)
General Relativity at 100 (2016)
Kavli IPMU Conferences Opening Symposium (2008)
Theoretical Physics and Mathematics in Asia (2008)
Quantum Black Holes (2008)
Wall Crossing and New Invariants (2009)
Condensed Matter and String Theory (2010)
Gauge and String Theory (2013)
Holography and QCD (2013)
Goddard Symposium (2014)
Condensed Matter and AdS/CFT (2015)
Seiberg Symposium (2016)
Statistics, Quantum Information, and Gravity (2016)
Kavli IPMU 10th Anniversary Symposium (2017)
Kavli Asian Winter School Kusatsu, Japan (2012)
Okinawa, Japan (2016)
Sendai, Japan (2020)
KITP Workshops, Santa Barbara Duality in String Theory (1998)
Mathematical Structure in String Theory (2005)
Swampland and Quantum Gravity Constraints (2019)
ICTP Spring School, Trieste Co-Director with Ashoke Sen in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Simons Symposia on Quantum Entanglement 2013, 2015, 2017
Galileo Galilei Institute Workshop, Florence String and M Theory Approaches to Particle Physics and Cosmology (2007)
Americal Physical Society Meetings DPF meeting at the College of William and Mary (2002)
Joint Meeting of DPF and JPS in Honolulu, Hawaii (2006)
Banff International Research Station Conference Frontiers in String Theory (2006)
International Congres of Mathematical Physics String Theory Session, Lisbon (2003)
John Schwarz's 60th Birthday Conference Caltech (2001)
John Schwarz's 75th Birthday Conference Caltech (2016)
Tohru Eguchi's 60th Birthday Conference Kyoto (2008)
Murray Gell-Mann Celebration Caltech (2013)
 Strings '98  Strings 2003  Strings 2018  String-Math 2018
Ooguri organized the three Strings and one String-Math conferences (chaired the organizing committees of Strings 2018 and String-Math 2018).