Larry Gladney

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences


1979: BA, Northwestern University

1982: M.S., Physics, Stanford University

1985: Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University


Dr. Gladney joined the Penn faculty as an assistant professor of physics in 1988, after pursuing postdoctoral studies at the University between 1985 and 1988. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in 2005 to the position of Full Professor. From 2003 to 2004, he served as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He is the recipient of the 1997 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society, the 1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer Award from Wayne State University, the 1994 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association, and the 1990 Lilly Teaching Fellowship. From 1989 to 1994, he was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator.

Dr. Gladney served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Advisory Board from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2009.  He has been chair or member of numerous review panels for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Gladney was also the Director and Principal Investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute from 2008 to 2012 and Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Research Interests

Dr. Gladney focuses his research on experimental high energy physics and cosmology. He is one of the Penn representatives on the LSST project (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), a proposed ground-based observatory designed to measure the expansion of the universe and to determine the nature of the dark energy that is accelerating this expansion.