Frank Wilczek, when only 21 years old and a graduate student at Princeton University, discovered the fundamental equations for one of the four basic forces of nature: the strong force. That work led to a Nobel Prize. He is also known, among other things, for the development of unified field theories, the invention of axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons).
Wilczek is a second-generation American and a graduate of New York City’s public schools. Presently he is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wilczek received his BS from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Princeton University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Trustee of the University of Chicago.
Wilczek has received many honors. Notably, he was among the earliest MacArthur Fellows (1982-87) and in 2004 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He contributes regularly to Physics Today and to Nature, explaining topics at the frontiers of physics to wider scientific audiences, and is much in demand as a public lecturer.