Krauss Named Honorary Board Member

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2011
Contact: Michelle Blackley, Communications Director - (207) 358-9785

Lawrence Krauss has accepted an invitation from the Center for Inquiry (CFI) board of directors to serve as an honorary board member. Krauss will serve as a nonvoting member.

Krauss holds several positions at Arizona State University. He is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, associate director of the Beyond Center, codirector of the Cosmology Initiative, and director of the exciting Origins Project, which explores questions regarding the origins of the universe, human culture, and cognition. Krauss received his PhD from MIT in 1982 and then joined the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He was appointed as a professor of physics and astronomy at Yale University in 1985 and then in 1993 joined Case Western Reserve University, where he served as chair and Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, professor of astronomy, and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics.

Krauss is the author of nine popular books including the international bestseller The Physics of Star Trek (Basic Books, 2007); the award-winning Atom: A Single Oxygen Atom’s Journey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth … and Beyond (Back Bay Books, 2002); Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011), named Book of the Year for 2011 by Physics World; and most recently A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (Free Press, 2012). Krauss is also a radio commentator and appears regularly on television. He is an essayist for major national newspapers and he writes a monthly column for Scientific American. His activities have also included performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, serving as a judge at the Sundance Film Festival, and writing Grammy-nominated liner notes for a CD of Star Trek music (Telarc International).

A highly regarded international leader in cosmology and astrophysics, Krauss is the author of more than three hundred scientific papers, a member of numerous professional societies, and the winner of numerous international awards. He has been particularly active on issues of science and public policy, leading the effort by scientists to defend the teaching of science in public schools.

“We are very pleased to recognize the tremendous achievements of Lawrence Krauss and we are thrilled that he has graciously agreed to give CFI the benefit of his wisdom and guidance. The entire board of directors is looking forward to working with him,” said Richard Schroeder, chair of the CFI board of directors. “He will be a great resource for our mission and work.”

The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York; CFI is home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our web address is


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