Frans Pretorius, Ph.D.Professor of Physics; Director, Princeton Gravity Initiative, Princeton University
Pretorius is a professor of physics at Princeton University and director of the new Princeton Gravity Initiative. His primary field of research is general relativity, specializing in numerical solution of the field equations. His work has included studies of gravitational collapse, black hole mergers, cosmic singularities, higher dimensional gravity, models of black hole evaporation, and using gravitational wave observations to test the dynamical, strong-field regime of general relativity. Honors for his research include the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, and the New Horizons Prize in Physics.