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Governing Body Fellow, Director of Studies in Mathematics, MASt

Jorge Santos is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Jorge currently leads research in general relativity, quantum gravity, gravitational aspects of string theory, numerical relativity, and applications of general relativity to condensed matter physics via holography.

Jorge joined Hughes Hall in 2005 as a Part III student and went on to complete his PhD in 2010. During his PhD, Jorge studied the stability of higher-dimensional black holes, which are gravitational objects inspired by String Theory. For this work he was awarded a IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in General Relativity and Gravitation awarded by The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation.

Before joining DAMTP as a University Lecturer in 2014, Jorge was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Stanford University, where he conducted research in numerical methods to construct novel black hole solutions and using these to explore the connections between gravitational systems and inhomogeneous strongly coupled condensed matter systems.

In 2019, Jorge was awarded a Junior Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where his research played an important role in the most recent efforts towards understanding Hawking’s information paradox.