MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Max E. Tegmark

Professor of Physics Faculty

A native of Stockholm, Tegmark left Sweden in 1990 after receiving his B.Sc. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (he'd earned a B.A. in Economics the previous year at the Stockholm School of Economics). His first academic venture beyond Scandinavia brought him to California, where he studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his M.A. in 1992, and Ph.D. in 1994.

After four years of west coast living, Tegmark returned to Europe and accepted an appointment as a research associate with the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik in Munich. In 1996 he headed back to the U.S. as a Hubble Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Tegmark remained in New Jersey for a few years until an opportunity arrived to experience the urban northeast with an Assistant Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received tenure in 2003. He extended the east coast experiment and moved north of Philly to the shores of the Charles River (Cambridge-side), arriving at MIT in September 2004, along with his wife, fellow astrophysicist Angelica de Oliveira-Costa, and their two sons, Philip and Alexander.

Tegmark has received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship (2001-06), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002-07), and an NSF Career grant (2002-07). His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year: 2003."  For more on his research, publications, and students, or his fun articles, goofs, and photo album, please visit Prof. Tegmark's home page.

Research interests: 

Professor Tegmark's research is focused on precision cosmology, e.g., combining theoretical work with new measurements to place sharp constraints on cosmological models and their free parameters.

Representative publications: 

"Inflationary Constraints on Type IIA String Theory", M. P. Hertzberg, S. Kachru, W. Taylor, and M. Tegmark. JHEP 0712:095 (2007); arXiv: 0711.2512 (hep-th).

Tegmark, M., et al, "Cosmological Parameters from SDSS and WMAP," Phys. Rev. D 69 (2004), 103501.

Tegmark, M., et al, "The 3D Power Spectrum of Galaxies from the SDSS," Astrophys. J. 606 (2004), 702-740.

Tegmark, M., "Measuring Spacetime: From the Big Bang to Black Holes," Science 296 (24 May 2002), 1427-1433.

Tegmark, M., de Oliveira-Costa, A., and Hamilton, A.J.S., "A High Resolution Foreground Cleaned CMB Map from WMAP," Phys. Rev. D 68 (2003), 123523.

Tegmark, M., Silk, J., Rees, M., Blanchard, A., Abel, T., and Palla, F., "How Small Were the First Cosmological Objects?" ApJ 474 (1997), 1-12.

Tegmark, M., "The Importance of Quantum Decoherence in Brain Processes," Phys. Rev. E (10 November 1999).