Marcelo Gleiser

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Appleton Professorship of Natural Philosophy

  • Director, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist specialized in cosmology and high energy physics, complexity theory, and astrobiology. He has been at Dartmouth College since 1991. His undergraduate degree was from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1981), followed by a Masters from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1982), and a Ph.D. from King's College London (1986). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Fermilab (1986-1988) and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1988-1991). He is a Fellow and past General Councilor of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and NSF.

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  • B.Sc. Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • M.Sc. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ph.D. University of London, King’s College

Selected Publications

  • Gleiser, M. and Stamatopoulos, N.,Information Content of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking, Phys. Rev. D 86, 045004 (2012) [arXiv:1205.3061]

  • Gleiser, M., Graham N., and Stamatopoulos N.,Generation of Coherent Structures After Cosmic Inflation, Phys. Rev. D 83, 096010 (2011). [arXiv:1103.1911]

  • From Cosmos to Intelligent Life: The Four Ages of Astrobiology, Int. J. Astrobiology , 11, 345-350 (2012) [arXiv: 1202.5042].

  • Drake Equation for the Multiverse: From the String Landscape to Complex Life, Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 19, 1299 (2010). [arXiv:1002.1651]

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Speaking Engagements

Please check my personal website for and updated list of Speaking Engagements:

Works In Progress

Developing an Information-Theoretic approach to the study of nature, in particular Field Theory

From Chemistry to Biology: Modeling the Origin of the First Protocells in Prebiotic Earth

Is Cosmological Inflation Probable? Revisiting the Initial Conditions Problem

BOOK- The Blind Spot: Experience and "Truth" in Science, with Adam Frank and Evan Thompson