Lawrence M. Krauss
#3256 Overall Influence

Lawrence M. Krauss

American physicist

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Lawrence Krauss was born in New York City in 1954. He received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Carleton University and proceeded to earn a PhD from MIT having specialized in cosmology. Krauss is currently President of The Origins Project Foundation and is host of The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss. He had professorships in physics in several institutions prior to this, including at Arizona State University, Yale University, and Case Western Reserve University. He founded the Origins Project at Arizona State University and served as its director. Due to allegations of misconduct, however, Krauss has since stepped down from his directorship for the project, though as noted he continues as president of the Foundation.

Krauss has been a lifelong advocate for a public understanding of science as well as a proponent of public policy based on scientific principles like respect for empirical research. In his role as a physicist, Krauss has explored questions in astronomy and cosmology, such as those of the theory of the Big Bang for the origins of the universe. He has been an outspoken critic of string theory, citing it as an example of abstract mathematics without clear empirical evidence for its support. He has authored a number of popular books on science, including his 2005 book Hiding in the Mirror as well as his 2012 book A Universe from Nothing (both books are critical of string theory).

Science writer Claudia Dreifus, writing in Scientific American, called Krauss “one of the few top physicists who is also known as a public intellectual.” In 2012, he was awarded the National Science Board’s Public Service Medal for his contributions to public education in science and engineering in the United States.

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Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University

University in Ohio, United States

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Carleton University
Carleton University

University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Arizona State University
Arizona State University

Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

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#203 World Rank #52 USA Rank
Physics