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

Professor Maris awarded the 2017 James Smith Prize of the IPPA

Research Professor, Humphrey Maris, has been awarded the 2017 James Smith Prize of the IPPA (International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association). The Prize was established to recognize outstanding researchers who have been instrumental in the development and evolution of photoacoustic, photothermal and related techniques and applications that have strong impact on diverse scientific and engineering communities.

(Distributed June 12, 2017)

Remembering Maurice Glicksman

Maurice Glicksman, an accomplished engineer, physicist and longtime Brown University faculty member who served as provost from 1978 to 1990, died on May 26 at age 88.

(Distributed June 2, 2017)