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Seth Major

Seth Major
Seth Major

Litchfield Professor of Astronomy

On leave 2021-22
Taylor Science Center G052

Seth Major's research is in quantum gravity, a field of theoretical physics devoted to finding the deep structure of space-time, and in the phenomenology of quantum geometry. Recently Major has focused on possible observable consequences of quantum gravity, particularly on how granular spatial geometry might be indirectly observed. He has worked on the quantum deformation of quantum gravity, causal sets, operators in quantum gravity and modified dispersion relations. Major was a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Vienna and taught at Swarthmore and Deep Springs colleges. He earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Pennsylvania State University.

Recent Courses Taught

Topics in Mathematical Physics
Electromagnetic Theory


Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Award for Early Career Achievement Hamilton College, 2012
Cottrell Science Grant, Research Corporation, 2002, renewed 2005
Class of 1966 Career Development Award, Hamilton College, 2002
Lisa Meitner Fellow, University of Vienna 1998-1999

Selected Publications

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College Service

  • Long Term Planning Committee, 2014-15
  • Adirondack Program Committee, 2014-present
  • Committee on Appointments, 2013-15
  • Faculty Appeals Board Committee, chair 2013
  • Sub-Committee on First Year Courses, 2013
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2005-08; chair 2007-08, 2010-11
  • Assessment Advisory Group, 2009-present

Professional Affiliations

Ancapa Society Board
American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers

Appointed to the Faculty: 2000

Educational Background

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Syracuse University
B.A., Swarthmore College

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