Nobel Laureate David Jonathan Gross is famously known to the world as David Gross. He was born on 19 February 1941, in Washington DC, USA. His parents were Nora and Bertram Myron Gross. After his schooling, David Gross studied his bachelor and masters degree at University of Jerusalem, Israel. He completed his master's degree in 1962. He received Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of California, the USA in 1966. He was a good academician and after his Ph.D., David Gross joined as the research fellow at Harward University. Till 1997, he served as the professor at the famous Princeton University.
David Gross is a great enthusiast. Everything that happens in physics interests him. In 1973, while doing experiments along with Frank Wilczek, he discovered Asymptotic Freedom. Asymptotic Freedom is the energy that packs all the electrons, protons, and neutrons in an atom. Their continuous experiments gave rise to the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and Quantum Field Theory. David Gross along with Jeffery A Harvey, Emil Martinec, Ryan Rohm did contentious studies and came up with Heterotic String Theory. For this accomplishment, they were nicknamed as Princeton String Quartet. From the very toughest fellowships, he got many accolades throughout his career. He received Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987.
In 1988, he was the recipient of Dirac Medal, and in 2000, he got Harvey Prize. For his outstanding studies in Asymptotic Freedom, he received Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer. David Gross also decorated some honorary positions too. He was the former director and the current holder of the Frederick W Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of California,
. He is also a faculty member of the Physics department at the University of California.
In Chinese Academy of Sciences, he is also a member. He is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bangalore, India. In an interview, he mentioned that India is a country with vast theoretical knowledge. But it is not so healthy for a developing nation like India to just have theoretical knowledge. The fact is that experimental equipment costs more but practical aspects are as important as the theoretical knowledge and India should go for it. Coming Richie personal life, David Gross married Shulamith, and they have two children. Ariela Gross is the Professor of Law at the University of South California and is the mother of Raphaela and Sophia. Their second daughter is Elisheva Gross, and she completed her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California. David Gross later married Jacqulyn Savani, the media consultant for Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.