Sheldon Glashow

Sheldon Glashow

Professor (Arthur G.B. Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and the Sciences) until 2018
Office: PRB, Room 567. 617-353-9099

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM


Research Interests:

Electroweak Symmetry Breaking

The problems of the breakdown of electroweak and flavor symmetries are among the most pressing facing particle physics today. Electroweak symmetry breaking is manifested by the nonzero masses of the weak W and Z bosons, and requires the existence of a Higgs boson or some other yet unseen mechanism. To solve the problem of flavor, one must understand why there are six quarks and six leptons forming three families, and why these particles exhibit such a peculiar pattern of masses and mixing. This question has become especially acute with the recent experimental proof that neutrinos have mass and experience oscillations. Several theoretical approaches to electroweak and flavor symmetry breaking, as well as the related question of CP violation, are being investigated actively.

Selected Publications:

“Lepton Flavor Violation in B Decays?” Sheldon L. Glashow, Diego Guadagnoli, Kenneth Lane. Nov 3, 2014. 8 pp. Phys.Rev.Lett. 114 (2015) 091801

“New Constraints on Superluminal Neutrino velocities”, with A.G. Cohen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 (2011) 181803

“Very Special Relativity”, with A. Cohen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 :021601 (2006)

From Alchemy to Quarks, Brooks/Cole, 1993

The Charm of Physics, AIP, 1990

For a full list of publications, please see the attached CV.


  • B.A., Cornell University, 1954
  • A.M., Harvard University, 1955
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1958


  • Nobel Prize in Physics (1979)
  • Fellow of the AAAS
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • J. R. Oppenheimer Prize (1976)
  • Erice Science for Peace Prize (1991)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award (1999)
  • European Physical Society Prize for High Energy Physics (2011)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences