Robert L. Jaffe

Jane and Otto Morningstar Professor of Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

Dr. Jaffe is a world renowned researcher and teacher, he is best known for his research on the quark substructure of matter and on the quantum structure of the vacuum.  At MIT since 1974, Prof. Jaffe has served as Chair of the Faculty and as Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics.  He has led many university and laboratory advisory committees including the Science and Technology Steering Committee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, which he chaired from 2005 to 2008. Prof. Jaffe has received many awards for his contributions to teaching and educational innovation at MIT culminating in being named a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 1998. Jaffe is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also the American Physical Society (APS), where he chairs the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA).  In 2010 – 2011 he chaired a study Energy Critical Elements:  Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies, jointly sponsored by the APS and the Materials Research Society (MRS).  Jaffe received his undergraduate education at Princeton, where he graduated summa cum laude and Valedictorian of the Class of 1968.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford in 1971 and 1972, respectively.