NYU Arts & Science is proud to announce that Glennys Farrar has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This prestigious appointment recognizes scientists for lifetime contributions to their fields and adds them to a panel of experts who frequently lend their scientific advice to the government. Officially established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has grown throughout its history into a governmental resource of scientific expertise. 120 scientists are elected each year by existing members of NAS.
Farrar earned her PhD in Physics from Princeton University in 1971, became a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and joined the faculties of the California Institute of Technology and then Rutgers University. She joined the NYU Arts & Science Department of Physics as department chair in 1998 and started The Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics in 2001. During her time at NYU, Farrar has been designated a Collegiate Professor and was inducted as a Silver Professor in 2021, earning the University's most prestigious named professorship.
Throughout her career, Farrar's research has contributed significantly to now quintessential topics of theoretical physics. A trailblazer in the research of phenomenological supersymmetry during her time at Caltech, Farrar's research has also explored hadron physics and dark matter. Most recently, her work is located at the intersection of astrophysics, cosmology, and particle physics, utilizing data of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs).