Keith Olive

Keith Olive

Keith Olive

Gloria Becker Lubkin Chair in Theoretical Physics; Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 275-18
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI)
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981

M.S., University of Chicago, 1978 

B.S., University of Chicago, 1978 

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
Research Interests

My research is in the area of particle physics and cosmology. The main topics on which I work are: big bang nucleosynthesis, which is an explanation of the origin of the light element isotopes through 7Li; particle dark matter; big bang baryogenesis, which is an explanation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry observed in nature; and inflation which is a theory constructed to resolve many outstanding problems in standard cosmology.

Research Group
Particle Data Group (PDG)

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 1998-present
  • Hans A. Bethe Prize, 2018
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1987-94
  • George A. Taylor Research Award, 1988 

Advisees & Collaborators

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