Robert Brandenberger

Portrait of Robert Brandenberger


McGill University

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Short CV


  • Diploma in Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, April 1978
  • A.M. in Physics, Harvard University, June 1979
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University, November 1983. Ph.D. advisor: Prof. Arthur Jaffe


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Sept. 1983 to Sept. 1985
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom October 1985 to August 1987
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Brown University, September 1986 to June 1991
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Brown University, July 1991 to June 1997
  • Professor of Physics, Brown University, July 1997 - June 2005
  • Professor of Physics, McGill University, Sept. 2004 - present

Parallel and Visiting Appointments

  • Visiting Member, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, November & December 1988
  • Visiting Member, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, May & June 1992
  • Visiting Scientist, Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Univ. of Cambridge, July & August, November & December 1994 
  • Visiting Professor, Physics Department, University of British Columbia, January - June 1995
  • Scientific Associate, Theoretical Physics Division, CERN Sept. 2001 - March 2002
  • Visiting Professor, IAP Paris, April - June 2002
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Physics, McGill Univ., Oct. 2002 - Aug. 2004
  • Invited Key Participant, KITP., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara October 20 - November 7, 2003
  • Visiting Scientist, Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Jan. 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Perimeter Institute. February - July 2004
  • Adjunct Professor (Research), Brown University, July 2005 - June 2008 
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of High Energy Physics,
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Sept. 2008 - March 2010 
  • Visiting Member, CERN Theory Group, April - July 2009
  • Scientific Affiliate, Perimeter Institute, Sept. 2008 - present
  • Invited Key Participant, Program “Strings at the LHC and in the Early Universe”, KITP, Santa Barbara, Mar. 14 - 28, 2010. 


  • 1997 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, New England Board of Higher Education
  • Science Teacher of the Year Award, Brown University, Spring 1997
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship for Research in Japan, June 1993
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship September 1988 to September 1992
  • Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, DOE, April 1988 to December 1991
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (elected 2002)
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), from Oct. 1 2004 
  • Invited Member, FQXi, from October 2008
  • Killam Research Fellow, Sept.. 2009 - August 2011 
  • CAP/CRM Prize for Mathematical Physics, 2011 


Research Interests

"The goals of theoretical cosmology are twofold. The first one is to provide an explanation for the observed structure in the universe on large scales. The second goal is to explain the history of the very early universe. According to our present ideas, the seeds which develop into the observed structure in the universe are laid down in the very early universe and determined by the physics valid at the highest energies. Thus, cosmology is a natural meeting ground between fundamental theory (e.g. superstring theory or quantum gravity) and observations."

The specific research areas are

  • Inflationary universe cosmology
  • Theory of cosmological perturbations
  • Superstring cosmology
  • Topological defects in cosmology