Paul Ginsparg

Professor of Physics

452 Physical Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

(607) 255-7371


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A.B., Physics, 1977, Harvard University. Ph.D. Physics, 1981, Cornell University. Harvard Society of Fellows, 1981-84. Assistant Professor, Physics, Harvard University, 1984-1986. Associate Professor, Physics, Harvard University, 1986-1990. Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1990-2001. Professor, Physics and Information Science, Cornell University, 2001- present. Visiting appointments at: C.E.N. Saclay, France; Princeton University; Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; The Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; The Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara; The Mathematical Science Research Institute at UC Berkeley; Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A.P. Sloane fellow, 1986-1990. DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator, 1986-91. Fellow, American Physical Society. MacArthur Fellow, 2002. Radcliffe Institute Fellow, 2008-2009.

Research Areas
Quantum field theory, quantum computing, digital knowlege networks

Current Research

Ginsparg has recently worked on a lattice model for topological quantum computing. He has used statistical mechanics techniques in computational linguistics for document clustering, topic analysis, and recommender systems. 

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