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SpouseTracy Day
FactProfessor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University, New York, NY.

Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist and mathematician, who has made significant contributions to superstring theory. He is currently a professor at Columbia University and the director of the Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics.

Greene was born in New York City on February 9, 1963. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a teacher. He has two sisters. Greene was educated at Stuyvesant High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 1984 and his PhD from Oxford University in 1987.

Greene’s career has been devoted to the exploration of superstring theory. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of the theory, and his work has helped to shape the direction of research in this area. Greene has also been active in communicating the excitement of physics to the general public. He is the author of several popular books on physics, including The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality. He has also hosted several television series, including NOVA’s The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.

Greene’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Science Foundation’s Public Service Award, and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Greene is married to Tracy Day, with whom he has two children.

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Full NameBrian Greene
ProfessionActor, Professor, Author, Theoretical Physicist
EducationStuyvesant High School, Harvard University, University of Oxford


SpouseTracy Day
ParentsAlan Greene


AwardsPhi Beta Kappa Award in Science
NominationsPulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Science And Technology Programming
MoviesMusic Instinct: Science and Song, Maze
TV ShowsMaisy, The Elegant Universe

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1Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University, New York, NY.
2Area of Study: String Theory, Quantum Gravity
3Is a vegan.
4Brian R. Greene is one of the world's leading string theorists. A child prodigy in mathematics, he could multiply 30-digit numbers at the age of five. In 6th grade, Greene was so far ahead of his school in math that he had to find a tutor at Columbia University. He entered Harvard in 1980 to major in physics, and with his bachelor's degree, Greene went to Oxford University, in England, as a Rhodes scholar. His book "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" (1999) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. He also occasionally enjoys acting, helping John Lithgow with scientific dialogue for the series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), and he had a cameo role in the film Frequency (2000).
5His father, Alan Greene, a one-time vaudeville performer, later worked as a voice coach and composer.



NovaTV Series documentary original book - 3 episodes, 2011 writer - 3 episodes, 2003 based on the book - 2 episodes, 2011 original story - 1 episode, 2003
Icarus at the Edge of Time2010Short written by
The Elegant Universe2003TV Mini-Series documentary book - 3 episodes

Editorial Department

Nova2011TV Series documentary executive editor - 4 episodes


The Big Bang Theory2011TV Series promotional consideration - 1 episode
The Last Mimzy2007technical advisor - as Dr. Brian Greene
Deja Vu2006consultant
Frequency2000technical consultant: physics


The Big Bang Theory2011TV SeriesBrian Greene
The Last Mimzy2007Intel Scientist
Maze2000Plate Techtonics Man


Nova2011TV Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes


Genau2011special thanks


StarTalk2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Physicist
The Colbert Report2005-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Theoretical Physicist, Columbia University
Charlie Rose1999-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Nova2003-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself / Narrator / ...
Science Play2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Universe2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Prof. Math & Physics, Columbia University
Déjà Vu: Double Take Behind the Scenes2007Video documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2003-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Elegant Universe2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHost
Out of the Blue2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dr. Brian Greene)
The Science & Technology Behind 'Frequency'2000Video documentary shortHimself


Nominated Awards

2012EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Science and Technology ProgrammingNova (1974)

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