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Hiroshi (Hirosi Ooguri) Oguri

Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics; Director, Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Contact information for Hiroshi (Hirosi Ooguri) Oguri
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Mail Code: MC 452-48
Phone: 626-395-6648
B.A., Kyoto University (Japan), 1984; M.A., 1986; Ph.D., University of Tokyo, 1989. Visiting Associate, Caltech, 1999-2000; Professor, 2000-07; Kavli Professor, 2007-; Deputy Chair, 2010-15; Director, 2014-.
Research Areas: Physics; Mathematics

Research Interests

Ooguri is a theoretical physicist working on quantum field theory, quantum gravity, and superstring theory. His research strategy is to discover mathematical structures in these theories and to exploit them to invent new theoretical tools to solve fundamental questions in physics. In particular, he developed the topological string theory to compute Feynman diagrams of superstring theory and used it to solve mysterious quantum mechanical properties of black holes. He also worked on conformal field theory in two dimensions, D branes in Calabi-Yau manifolds, the AdS/CFT correspondence, properties of supersymmetric field theories and their relation to superstring theory, and constraints of consistency of quantum gravity to its low energy effective theory.

His name is spelled as "Hiroshi Oguri" in government documents.


1984        Kyoto University  B.S. in Physics 
1986Kyoto UniversityM.A. in Physics 
1989University of Tokyo     Ph.D. in Physics   Ph.D. Thesis


1986-1989University of TokyoAssistant Professor
1988-1989Institute for Adavnced Study                  Member
1989-1990University of Chicago       Assistant Professor
1990-1994Kyoto University          Associate Professor
1994-2000University of California, BerkeleyProfessor
2007-CaltechFred Kavli Professor
2010-2015CaltechDeputy Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy
2014-CaltechDirector of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics

Selected Awards:

1999Class of 1999, UC BerkeleyOne of the Best Instructors
2008American Mathematical SocietyEisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics
2008Alexandar Von Humboldt FoundationHumboldt Research Award
2009Mathematical Society of JapanTakagi Lecturer
2009Nishina Memorial FoundationNishina Memorial Prize
2012Simons FoundationSimons Investigator
2012American Mathematical SocietyFellow in the Inaugural Class
2014KodanshaKodansha Prize for Science Books
2016   Chunichi ShimbunChunichi Cultural Award
2016American Academy of Arts and SciencesMember



International Planetarium Society

Joachim Herz Foundation

Emperor of Japan
Best Educational Production Award

Hamburg Prize

Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon

Professional Activities:

1996-2000Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryFaculty Senior Scientist

2018 -
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
Principal Investigator

Aspen Center for PhysicsMember
2011-2016Aspen Center for PhysicsTrustee
2016-2019Aspen Center for PhysicsPresident