Eric D. Isaacs served as the twelfth Provost at the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Beloit College. He is author or co-author of more than 150 scholarly publications.
He worked at Bell Laboratories for 15 years with terms as director of semiconductor physics research and materials physics research before joining the University and Argonne National Laboratory in 2003. Isaacs was the founding director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials and went on to serve five years as the director of Argonne before being named Provost of the University. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee.
Isaacs stepped down from his position as Provost in July 2016 to take on the new role of Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago. During his tenure as Executive Vice President, he also serves as the CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory and is a member of the Boards for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory. In July 2018, Isaacs was named the 11th President of the Carnegie Institution for Science.