John Schwarz and students

Welcome to the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics. True to the groundbreaking discoveries that have marked theoretical physics at Caltech, the Burke Institute will strengthen Caltech’s leading role in humanity’s quest to discover fundamental laws of nature and to explain natural phenomena at all scales—from subatomic, atomic, and molecular scales to the scales of celestial objects and the universe itself.

As a permanent and endowed center, the Burke Institute provides Caltech’s faculty with the resources to pursue theoretical physics research with intellectual freedom. It is a scientific oasis built not by walls but by powerful ideas, where faculty members, postdoctoral and graduate fellows, and visiting scholars can exchange ideas and collaborate to open new avenues of inquiry and to expand the frontiers of human knowledge.

We are grateful to the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and the many other friends of Caltech who made the Burke Institute possible, and we take great pride in honoring the visionary leadership of Caltech Life Trustee Walter Burke, who said:

“During my tenure as a trustee of Caltech, I spent considerable time working with the chairs and faculty of the PMA division and attended a variety of meetings. The back and forth among PMA faculty is amazing to watch: there is a great interchange of minds. With this background, I am especially honored to have my name on this institute.”


Hirosi Ooguri

Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
Deputy Division Chair of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy



Superstring Theorist Honored with Science Writing Prize

Xie Chen joins the Caltech theory faculty.

Burke Institute Workshop on Grassmannian Geometry and Scattering Amplitudes (December 8 - 12, 2014)

Sean Carroll receives the Gemant Award for extraordinary public outreach

Videos and Slides of the Workshop on Primordial Gravitational Waves and Csomology have been posted

Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics Established at Caltech

John Preskill Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Theoretical Physicist Wins Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Caltech Physicists Win Sloan Research Fellowships

Caltech Professor Barry Simon Wins Henri Poincaré Prize

John H. Schwarz Wins the Fundamental Physics Prize

Notes from the Back Row: "Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing"

Interactions in Space: An Interview with Philip Hopkins

From Theory to Reality: An Interview with Jason Alicea

Caltech Physicist Wins $3 Million Fundamental Physics Prize

The Miracle and Beauty of Physics: An Interview with Cliff Cheung