Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics, presently serves as the President of the California Institute of Technology. Prior to moving to Caltech in 2014, Rosenbaum was the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, the James Franck Institute and the College of the University of Chicago, serving as the Provost. In addition to his responsibilities for academic and research programs across the University, Rosenbaum serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory.

Rosenbaum is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials - the physics of electronic, magnetic and optical materials at the atomic level - that are best observed at temperatures near absolute zero (minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit). He conducted research at Bell Laboratories and at IBM Watson Research Center before he joined the Chicago faculty in 1983.

He directed the University of Chicago's Materials Research Laboratory from 1991 to 1994, the University's James Franck Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit bringing together chemists, physicists and mathematicians, from 1995 to 2001, and served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory from 2002 to 2006.

His honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award and the William McMillan Award for “outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics.” Rosenbaum is an elected fellow and Centennial Lecturer of the American Physical Society and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a Trustee of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Rosenbaum received his bachelor's degree in physics with honors from Harvard University, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.