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In 1676, Sir Isaac Newton wrote "If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants." In this blog, we take Newton's words to heart, and recognize the many great engineers and scientists upon whose shoulders we stand.

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Dr. Stephon Alexander

Posted February 23, 2010 11:04 AM by nsbe

Dr. Stephon Alexander has asked big questions. How did the space and time that govern our universe come into being? Intrigued at an early age by quantum theory, Einstein's theory of relativity, and string theory, he now works to unify them in his search for a theory of quantum gravity.

Dr. Alexander has had long personal experience confronting the unknown. At age eight his family moved from Trinidad to the Bronx in New York City. His childhood was full of surprises. He learned that you can't always hold on to things, and it taught him the idea of embracing the unknown. He has coped with unexpected events by making up theories about why they might be happening.

After earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Brown University, Alexander completed postdoctoral work at Imperial College in London and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Dr. Stephon Alexander is an Associate Professor of Physics at Haverford College, focusing on theoretical cosmology, quantum gravity and particle physics. He is also an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Physics at Penn State University. He is on the Board of Directors for the Network for the Improvement of World Healthare, an action-driven organization that forges global partnerships to address local health challenges. He also plays jazz saxophone and sees improvisation as an extension of his scholarship.

Some of his current research interests are: the nature of dark energy in the universe, the origin of matter over anti-matter (baryogenesis) in the universe, the origin of large scale structure in the universe from fundamental theory.


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