Professor Emeritus

Gordon A Baym
CAS Professor Emeritus of Physics

CAS Professor of Physics Emeritus

Research Professor of Physics

George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering


Professor Baym is a theoretical physicist with unusually wide interests. His
research activities span condensed matter physics, statistical physics,
low-temperature physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, and the history of

A pioneer in the study of pulsars and neutron stars, and more generally the
nature of the matter under extreme conditions of density and pressure, he is
currently involved in studies of high-density matter in the laboratory using
high-energy particle accelerators to recreate on earth, albeit briefly, the
conditions in neutron stars and the early universe. His present research also
aims at understanding the properties of condensed atomic gases, the coldest
systems in the universe. In earlier work he made important advances in the
methods of quantum statistical mechanics. He continues to serve on various
national physics advisory committees. He was elected to the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences (1981); the National Academy of Sciences (1982), where he
chaired the Physics Section from 1995 to 1998; and the American Philosophical
Society (2000). He is the recipient of the 2002 Hans Bethe Prize of the
American Physical Society and a co-recipient of the 2008 Lars Onsager Prize of
the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the 2011 Feenberg Medal.

SPECIAL EVENT: Quantum Fluids from nK to TeV: An 80th Birthday Symposium in Honor of CAS Professor Emeritus of Physics Gordon Baym