Persis Drell is Professor and Director at SLAC. She received her B.A. in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College in 1977. She received her Ph.D. in atomic physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. She then switched to high-energy experimental physics and worked as a postdoctoral scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She joined the faculty of the Physics Department at Cornell University in 1988. In 2000, she became head of the Cornell high-energy group; in 2001, she was named deputy director of Cornell's Laboratory of Nuclear Studies. In 2002, Drell accepted a position as Professor and Director of Research at SLAC. Her current research activities are in particle astrophysics. In 2007 she was named Director at SLAC.

Drell has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award; she is a fellow of the American Physical Society; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and in 2010 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Her recent activities include serving on COSEPUP/BPA for the 2004 publication, Setting Priorities for NSF-Sponsored Large Research Facilities for the National Academy of Sciences, and chairing the HEPAP subcommittee that produced the Quantum Universe report in 2004. In spring of 2006 she was the Morris Loeb Lecturer in Physics at Harvard University.

September 13, 2011
Persis Drell