Hirosi Ooguri

Hirosi Ooguri

Hirosi Ooguri
Born 1962
Gifu Prefecture
Nationality  Japan
Fields Theoretical Physics
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Alma mater Kyoto University
Notable awards Leonard Eisenbud Prize 
Humboldt Research Award
Nishina Memorial Prize

Hirosi Ooguri (大栗 博司 Ōguri Hiroshi, born 1962) is a theoretical physicist at California Institute of Technology. He is a leading theorist in high energy physics and works at the interface of elementary particle physics, string theory, and related mathematics.

Hirosi Ooguri discovers hidden geometric and algebraic structures in quantum field theory and superstring theory, and exploits them to invent new theoretical tools to investigate these theories. In particular, he developed the topological string theory to compute Feynman diagrams in superstring theory and used it to solve mysterious quantum mechanical properties of black holes. He also made fundamental contributions to conformal field theories in two dimensions, D-branes in Calabi-Yau manifolds, the AdS/CFT correspondence, and properties of supersymmetric gauge theories and their relations to superstring theory.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Awards 2
  • Other activities 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


After finishing his graduate study in 2 years at Kyoto University, Ooguri became an Assistant Professor with tenure at the University of Tokyo at the age of 24. After a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago and at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto University. In 1994, Ooguri became a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley[2] and was appointed a Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1996. Since 2000 he has been at Caltech, where he is Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics.[3] In 2007, he helped establish the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, where he is a principal investigator. In 2014, he was appointed as the Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at Caltech.


Other activities

Ooguri has been instrumental in organizing many international conferences and workshops, including Strings `98 in Santa Barbara[7] and Strings 2003 in Kyoto.[8]

Ooguri has been on the editorial boards of Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Journal of High Energy Physics (1997–2006), Nuclear Physics B, and Physical Review D (2006-2009). He has also served on various boards and advisory committees.


  1. ^ *List of Publications at INSPIRE-HEP:http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+h.+ooguri
  2. ^ Berkeleyan article:http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/1995/0215/profile.html
  3. ^ Kavli Foundation Newsletter article:http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-news/dr-hirosi-ooguri-appointed-fred-kavli-professor-theoretical-physics
  4. ^ Notices of the American Mathematical Society:http://www.ams.org/notices/200804/tx080400505p.pdf
  5. ^ Mathematical Society of Japan:http://www.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~toshi/jjm/JJM_HP/contents/jjm-takagi.htm
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-03-20.
  7. ^ Strings '98 Conference:http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/strings98
  8. ^ Strings 2003 Conference:http://www.yukawa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/contents/seminar/archive/2003/str2003

External links

  • Official Website
  • Kavli Foundation Newsletter