31 years old // Theoretical physicist at Fermilab // Raised in Portland, Oregon; lives in the South Loop
My job is to do what eluded Einstein: study models of quantum gravity that unify the forces of nature into one "Grand Unified Theory."* It was either this or con artist. As a kid, I always had schemes going. I sold plastic Baggies filled with water to the neighborhood kids as "invisible fish." // The best advice I've been given is, Never touch anything in a public restroom. I think that's the only advice my dad ever gave me. // I wish I could have a do-over on my SAT essay. I thought I had written an inspiring essay about the astronaut Sally Ride, but walking out I realized I had written "Sally Field."** // NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the most unlikely place I've met a date. // I'm afraid of metastable vacuum decay. This means the end of the universe as we know it, but it would never happen. Probably.
* With a focus on superstring theory and what it says about how the universe started, what it's made of, and where it's going. ** Mark's academic career rebounded: He received his B.S. from Duke and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
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