Hugh David Politzer is born in New York, NY.

H. David Politzer shares the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics with David J. Gross and Frank Wilczek “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction”: The closer quarks are to each other, the weaker the force between them. This result has been important in the development of quantum chromodynamics, which describes the behavior of quarks.

He moves to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he is currently professor of theoretical physics.

He does graduate work in Harvard University under Sidney Coleman and receives his PhD in 1974. In his first published article, which appears in 1973, Politzer describes the phenomenon of asymptotic freedom. This is a property of one of the four basic forces of nature: The “strong interaction” which holds quarks together (elementary particles that make up protons and neutrons) becomes weaker as their distance decreases and stronger as their distance increases.

He receives his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1969.

He graduates from Bronx High School of Science.

Politzer continues as a junior fellow at Harvard University.

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