Caltech geochemist Clair Patterson (1922–1995) helped galvanize the environmental movement 50 years ago when he announced that highly toxic lead could be found essentially everywhere on Earth, including in our own bodies—and that very little of it was due to natural causes.
"Our group is interested in the chemical transformations that are relevant to feeding and fueling the planet. There are two efforts on this campus in artificial photosynthesis, and I participate in both."
"I work on a broad range of topics, but basically I like studying how big things form. I study how galaxies form, how stars form, and how supermassive black holes form. Recently, I started studying how planets form"
New Caltech faculty member Lulu Qian performs research in the field of molecular programming to design synthetic molecular systems with neural-network-like behaviors and tiny robots from the programmed interactions of DNA molecules.
Raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, Nets Katz began pursuing mathematics at an early age, earning a bachelor's degree at the age of 17 and a doctorate at 20. He joined the faculty at Caltech in January 2013.
Untangling causal relations and correlations is what Professor of Philosophy Frederick Eberhardt has come to Caltech to do. We recently spoke with him about how causal relations can be identified—and why they matter.
Quantum computers have been touted as the next leap in technology. Although useful quantum-computing technology is probably years—and possibly decades—away, physicists like Jason Alicea are working hard to make it a reality.