Special Events

Leonard Susskind / Daniel Freedman 80+ Birthday Symposium and Celebration

Fri October 7th - Sat October 8th 2022, All day
Stanford Campus, Tresidder Oak Lounge, 498 Santa Teresa St. Stanford, CA 94305

Celebrating the life and work of Professors Leonard Susskind and Daniel Freedman


**Due to space constraints this event is by invitation only**

Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch professor of Theoretical physics at Stanford University. His research interests include string theory, quantum field theory, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum cosmology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an associate member of the faculty of Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and a distinguished professor of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study.

Susskind is widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory, having, with Yoichiro Nambu and Holger Bech Nielsen, independently introduced the idea that particles could in fact be states of excitation of a relativistic string. He was the first to introduce the idea of the string theory landscape in 2003.





Daniel Z. Freedman is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University. He is famous for his pioneering work on supergravity for which he received the  Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the 2006 Dannie Heineman Prize of the APS, and 1993 Dirac Medal. He has contributed to numerous areas of high energy physics, from the AdS/CFT duality to his proposal for the experimentally confirmed elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering. He is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.





We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following local hotels. Please book as soon as possible to benefit from discounted rates.

Creekside Inn 

Group code:  

Hotel Parmani 

Group code: SPC.
Guests may book directly on our website using the code for the symposium. 

Cardinal Hotel: This is the direct link to book discounted rate 

Other local hotels: 

Zen Hotel


Parking on Stanford campus requires a permit on the Friday. Permits can be purchased here.

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