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You're warmly invited in-person or online to our annual Higgs lecture with Nobel Laureate Professor David Gross.

Professor David Gross from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California will deliver the Higgs Lecture on '50 years of Quantum Chromodynamics: The Theory of The Strong Nuclear Force'.

As Quantum Chromodynamics turns fifty years old this year, Professor David J Gross will discuss the past, present and future of this remarkable theory.

David J Gross, Nobel Laureate and Chancellor’s Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California has made seminal contributions to theoretical and particle physics. He is renowned for discovering a key property of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), known as “asymptotic freedom”, which turned it into the accepted model for the strong nuclear force. This result has stood over 50 years of experimental tests and is one of the cornerstones of the standard model of theoretical physics. This was also the basis for Professor Gross being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.

He received his PhD in 1966 from UC Berkeley and was a professor in Princeton when he made this discovery as well as other major breakthroughs in string theory, its relation to matrix models and many others. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he was awarded the Sakurai Prize, Mac Arthur fellowship, Dirac Medal, Oskar Klein Medal, Harvey Prize, EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, and Grande Médaille d’Or. He holds honorary degrees from the US, Britain, France, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, China, Philippines and Cambodia. Professor Gross is a member of several academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Indian, Chinese and the World Academies of Sciences. He has also served as the President of the American Physical Society. .

Higgs Lecture

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences is delighted to present the Annual Higgs Lecture. The inaugural Annual Higgs Lecture was delivered in December 2012 by its name bearer, Professor Peter Higgs, who returned to King's after graduating in 1950 with a first-class honours degree in Physics, and who famously predicted the Higgs Boson particle.

Photo of Professor Peter Higgs
Photo of Professor Peter Higgs


  • 17:30 - 18:00 Doors open
  • 18:00 - 19:00 50 years of Quantum Chromodynamics: The Theory of The Strong Nuclear Force by Professor David Gross
  • 19:00 - 19:15 Q&A


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Event details

Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS