LEONARD SUSSKIND has been the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University since 1978. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for my Scientific American article on black holes.
His contributions to physics include the discovery of string theory, the theory of quark confinement, the development of Hamiltonian lattice gauge theory, the theory of scaling violations in deep inelastic electroproduction, the theory of symmetry breaking sometimes known as "Technicolor theory", the first theories of cosmological baryogenisis apart from Sakharov's work which was unknown in the west, the string theory of black hole entropy, the principle of "black hole complementarity", the holographic principle, the matrix description of M-theory, the introduction of holographic entropy bounds in cosmology, the idea of a string theory "landscape".
HDr. Susskind is the author of The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design, and The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics. He has written numerous articles for the non-specialist including an award winning article on black holes in the Scientific American, a recent rather long "cover story" article on the "Anthropic Landscape of String theory" in the New Scientist and an article on the status of String theory in Physics World.