Member of the Faculty of Education
Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
Degree: Ph.D., University of Leiden, (1981)
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University. He leads a research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982 after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 1984 he joined the faculty. He has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics. Mazur has received numerous awards, including the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers. In 2014 Mazur became the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education.