Brown Physics

Welcome to Brown University's Department of Physics 

Physics has been part of Brown’s curriculum since the 18th century, and our department has a distinguished history of teaching and research. Our 40 full-time and affiliated faculty members include two Nobel Prize winners and numerous recipients of other prestigious awards and honors. Faculty members engage in research in astrophysics and cosmology, high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and international in its scope.

We offer undergraduates a comprehensive experience that includes many opportunities to work directly with cutting-edge researchers who are also dedicated classroom instructors. Our graduate program incorporates strong faculty and peer mentoring for our approximately 120 graduate students. Our postdoctoral researchers work closely with faculty and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery. Our department functions smoothly under the support of a wonderful staff.

Explore this site to learn more about our exciting program and what Brown Physics can offer you.

Recent News

Walter Massey, Brown's first African American professor of physics

Brown University ArchivesBrown University ArchivesWalter E. Massey came to Brown University as its first African American professor of physics in 1970 from the University of Illinois where he had worked on the many-body theory of liquids and solids. Before that, he earned his bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College, and his master’s and doctorate in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 

(Distributed February 3, 2017)

Dr. Jami Valentine Honored by the National Society of Black Physicists


Jami Valentine was born in Philadelphia PA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree in physics from Brown University, working in Professor Jim Valles' lab. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research was on the “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-Axis Epitaxial Rare Earth Thin Films”.

(Distributed February 20, 2017)