Stan Brodsky received his Bachelor of Physics degree in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of Minnesota. His Ph.D. advisor was Professor Donald Yennie, one of the leading theorists in precision atomic physics and quantum electrodynamics. Brodsky's thesis was on the higher order QED radiative corrections to the hydrogen hyperfine splitting. His first academic position was a research associateship in theoretical physics with Professor T.D. Lee at Columbia University in 1964-1966. In 1966 he joined the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center as a research associate in Professor Sidney Drell's theoretical physics group. Brodsky became a permanent staff member in 1968, and in 1976 he was promoted to Professor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University. He was head of the SLAC theory group from 1996-2002.
Brodsky has held a number of visiting faculty positions, including the AVCO Professorship at Cornell University in 1970, Visiting Professorships in Cambridge University in 1974, the Weizmann Institute in 1978 and 1994, the Institute of Advanced Study in 1980, the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1978 and 1981, the University of Melbourne in 1987, the University of Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg in 1987, the University of Helsinki in 1992, the University of Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile, in 1994, the College of William and Mary in 2003, and Tel Aviv University in 2006. He is a Foreign Scientific Member and External Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg. He is spending his sabbatical in 2007-2008 as a visiting professor at the Yang Institute of Theoretical Physics at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology in Durham, England.
In 1987, Brodsky was awarded the Senior U.S. Distinguished Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2003 he was appointed to be the first Distinguished Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson Laboratory. He recently was awarded the 2007 J. J. Sakurai Prize in high energy theoretical physics from the American Physical society. Brodsky has been on the scientific and program advisory committees for Argonne National Laboratory, MIT Bates Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Cornell Laboratory of Nuclear Science, Fermilab, Brookhaven, SLAC, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, and the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH (GSI), Darmstadt, Germany. He was a member of the Committee on Fundamental Constants of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences in 1972-1975, the HEPAP Subpanel on Future Facilities in 1984, the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Electromagnetic Interactions, 1981-1982, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Southeastern University Research Association, Inc., 1981-1983, and the DOE Nuclear Science Review Board of the Jefferson Laboratory 12 GeV Upgrade in 2005. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Physical Review D 1985-1988, and since 1987 he has been a Member of the Board of Associate Editors of Nuclear Physics B. He was recently appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hadron Physics Integrated Infrastructure Initiative of the European Commission, the Advisory Committee for the Nuclear Theory Center at Indiana University, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the proposed electron-proton collider (LHeC) at CERN. He is a co-founder and former president of the International Light-Cone Advisory Committee (ILCAC). He was elected in 2008 as Vice-Chair of the Hadron Physics Group of the American Physical Society.
Brodsky's research areas span many areas of high-energy and nuclear theoretical physics, especially the quark-gluon structure of hadrons and novel effects in quantum chromodynamics; fundamental problems in atomic, nuclear, and high energy physics; precision tests of quantum electrodynamics, light-front quantization; nonperturbative and perturbative methods in quantum field theory. In 1970 Brodsky and his collaborators, Tom Kinoshita and Hidezumi Terazawa, initiated the field of two-photon processes. In 1973 Brodsky and G. Farrar developed “dimensional counting rules” for hard exclusive processes, extending earlier work on the quark interchange model by Brodsky, Blankenbecler, and Gunion. In 1979, Brodsky and G. P. Lepage derived the theory of hard exclusive processes in QCD, including factorization theorems and evolution equations for meson and baryon distribution amplitudes. In 1985 Brodsky and H. C. Pauli developed the discretized light-cone quantization (DLCQ) method for solving quantum field theories. Brodsky has also contributed to precision tests of quantum electrodynamics and novel effects in atomic physics, including anti-hydrogen production and radiation amplitude null zones. Brodsky and his collaborators have also developed the theory underlying novel QCD properties such as color transparency, hidden color, reduced nuclear amplitudes, and intrinsic charm; theoretical tools such as light-front wavefunctions, commensurate scale relations, renormalization scale-setting, and jet measures; and applications of QCD to deeply virtual Compton scattering, diffractive deep inelastic scattering and other hard diffractive phenomena, shadowing and antishadowing of nuclear reactions, high energy photon-photon collisions, leading-twist single-spin asymmetries, and higher twist reactions.
More recently he has been collaborating with Guy F. de Téramond on the insights into the QCD spectra and hadron light-front wavefunctions which can be obtained from the AdS/CFT correspondence. Brodsky has contributed to a number of books and over 440 scientific articles. In addition to wonderful collaborators, he has had a number of outstanding students at Stanford who now have academic positions, including G. Peter Lepage (Cornell), Jonathan Sapirstein (Notre Dame), Kent Hornbostel (Southern Methodist University), and Joseph Kiskis (University of California at Davis). Stan Brodsky is married to Judith Ellen Brodsky. They have three children, Stephen, David, and Jyoti.