Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Physics
Competition: US & Canada
Gary Shiu is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; his specialty is string theory. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he will be working on connecting string theory to experiment.
After earning his B.S. degree, with first class honors, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1993, Mr. Shiu continued his studies at Cornell University, where he received his M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1998). He spent the next two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook, directed by Nobel Laureate Chen-Ning Yang, after which he moved on to the University of Pennsylvania, the center of string phenomenology, for two more years as a Senior Research Associate. Since 2002, he has been a member of the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin, first as an assistant professor and since 2006 in his present position as tenured associate professor. At Wisconsin, he was a founding member of the string theory cluster and was a leader in the establishment of a world-class string theory research program there.
The significance of his work was quickly recognized: he received the Research Innovation Award (2003-08) and the Cottrell Scholar Award (2005-10) from the Research Corporation, and an NSF CAREER award (2004-09); he is the principal investigator of a continuing research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy since 2004; and he has held visiting professor positions at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in 2005 and the High Energy Accelerator and Research Organization (KEK) in Japan in 2007. He has also been an invited lecturer on string phenomenology at venues worldwide, in the U.S., Mexico, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada, and has published articles on the subject for both technical and general audiences in such journals as Scientific American, Der Spiegel, the Australian magazine Cosmos, the Journal of High Energy Physics, the Journal of Mathematical Physics, and the Wisconsin State Journal; he has also discussed the topic on Wisconsin public television. According to the SPIRES database, he is among the top-cited theorists in the past five years.