This conference is a celebration in honor of Professor Cornwall's 75th Birthday!
Mike Cornwall received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. After postdoctoral positions at Cal Tech and at the Institute for Advanced Study, he has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1965, where he does research in elementary particle theory, and is the author of about 100 papers in this subject; since the invention of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) most of his work has been in this area, with occasional excursions to particle astrophysics and
high-temperature electroweak gauge theory.
Cornwall invented the Pinch Technique for calculating gauge-invariant off-shell Green's functions for QCD and other Yang-Mills theories, showing how a dynamical gauge-invariant mass arises for QCD gluons and how such gluons, with the long-range pure-gauge fields that necessarily accompany gauge-invariant mass generation, lead to confinement and other non-perturbative phenomena.
He has also written some 40 papers on space plasmas such as the aurora, the ionosphere, and the magnetospheric ring current, leading among other things to a detailed understanding of the dynamical role of electromagnetic cyclotron instabilities in the magnetosphere.
He has been a visiting professor at many institutions in the United States and abroad, and for some years was a Professor of Science and Policy Analysis at the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica.
He served for many years as a consultant to the Space Sciences Laboratory of the Aerospace Corporation, where he wrote his
papers on the magnetosphere and the aurora.
He has consulted for the US Government in a number of technical areas. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.