2007 – 2014


Thomas F. Rosenbaum served as the eleventh Provost at the University of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics with honors from Harvard University in 1977 and went on to earn his MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1982. He joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1983 and was named the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in 2004. Rosenbaum served in numerous leadership positions during his time at the University of Chicago including directing the University’s Materials Research Laboratory (1991-1994) and the James Franck Institute (1995-2001). He served as the Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory from 2002 until his appointment as Provost of the University of Chicago in 2007.

His honors include membership in the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the William McMillan Award for “outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics” for his research on the behavior of matter at temperatures near absolute zero.

Thomas F. Rosenbaum stepped down from his position as Provost in March 2014 to prepare for his new role as President of the California Institute of Technology. He continues to serve in this role today.