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. 

  • Spotlight

    Tarek Anous, a formerundergraduate student, who worked at the Wilson Lab with Professor Rich Galik on instrumentation for the International Linear Collider (ILC). The ILC is a proposed next-generation particle accelerator with a target date of 2015 to begin operation. Tarek helped construct a small detector that uses cosmic rays in order to simulate the real detector that will be used in the ILC. Cosmic rays hit the scintillator (a plastic rod) and produce photons whose signals ... read more