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Hirosi Ooguri

(spelled as "Hiroshi Oguri" in government documents)  

Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics

California Institute of Technology
Mail Code 452-48, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA                               
email: ooguri at

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Finishing his graduate study in 2 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 was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago before he received his Ph.D. from Tokyo in 1989. He was an Associate Professor at Kyoto University in 1990 - 1994 and returned to the United States as a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley in 1994. In 2000, he moved Caltech, 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 Vice Dean of Physical Sciences, in 2010 - 2015. He led the establishment of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics and was appointed its Founding Director in 2014.

In 2007, Ooguri helped establish the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan, where he is a Founding Principal Investigator. He has been a member of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2003 and was elected its President in 2016.

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 in Germany, and the Nishina Memorial Prize in Japan. His popular science books have sold over a quarter million copies in Japan, and his science movie received 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)
1990-1994 RIMS, Kyoto University Associate Professor (tenured)
1994-2000 University of California, Berkeley Professor of Physics
2000-2007 California Institute of Technology Professor of Theoretical Physics
2007-2011           ″ Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics
2010-2015           ″ Deputy Chair of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
2011-present           ″ Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
2014-present           ″ Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics

Awards & Honors

2008 American Mathematical Society Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics (Inaugural Award)
2008 Alexandar Von Humboldt Foundation Humboldt Research Award
2009 Mathematical Society of Japan Takagi Lecturer
2009 Nishina Memorial Foundation Nishina Memorial Prize
2012 Simons Foundation Simons Investigator (Inaugural Award)
2012 American Mathematical Society Fellow in the Inaugural Class
2014 Kodansha Kodansha Prize for Science Books
2016 Chunichi Shimbun Chunichi Cultural Award
2016 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
2016 International Planetarium Society Best Educational Production Award
2017 Japan Writers' Association Member

Professional Activities

1996 - 2000 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Faculty Senior Scientist
2007-present Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe Principal Investigator
2003-present Aspen Center for Physics Member
2010-2011           Scientific Secretary
2011-2016           Trustee
2016-present           President

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

Services to Caltech

2001-present Physics Faculty Search Committee Member
2003-2006 Physics Faculty Search Committee Co-Chair
2004-2017 Mathematics Faculty Search Committee Member
2010-2012 PMA Long Term Strategic Planning Committee Chair
2011-2014 Faculty Board Member
2012-2014 Faculty Board, Steering Committee Member
2012-2015 Undergraduate Admissions Committee Member
2003-present Physics Colloquium Committee Member
2012-2015 Physics Colloquium Committee Chair
2015-2016 Physics Graduate 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
2008-2011 Banff International Research Station Banff, Canada
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 CERN Theory Group Geneva, Switzerland
2008-present International Solvay Institutes Brussels, Belgium
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

Prize Selection Committee

2014 Kyoto Prize
2016 - present Nishina Memorial Prize
2017, 2018 Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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)
member of the Steering Committee since 2011
KITP Workshops, Santa Barbara Duality in String Theory (1998)
Mathematical Structure in String Theory (2005)
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)

Nishina Prize Ceremony

At the Nishina Prize Ceremony with 3 Nobel Laureates: Masatoshi Koshiba, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa.