Stephon Alexander, the E.E. Just 1907 Professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society. In announcing the award the society recognized Alexander “for his contributions to theoretical cosmology, in particular the interface between fundamental physics and early universe cosmology, that includes work in leptogenesis, and parity violating effects in quantum gravity, as well as for communicating many ideas of this field to the scientific community and the public.”
The award is named for Edward Bouchet (1852-1918), the first African American graduate of Yale University and the first African American to be awarded a Ph.D. from an American university.
Prior to coming to Dartmouth earlier this year, Professor Alexander had been serving as an associate professor of physics at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He previously taught at Pennsylvania State University. An accomplished jazz saxophonist, Alexander is a native of Trinidad but was raised in The Bronx, New York. He is a graduate of Haverford College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University.