David Gross received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent his early academic career at Harvard and Princeton. He assumed the title Director and holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. In 2004, Gross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973 the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called “the Standard Model” of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. His research interests include High Energy Physics, Quantum Field Theory, and String Theory. Under his stewardship, the KITP has established itself as a world renowned meeting place for theoretical physicists.