Anthony Rizzi, PhD
Founder and Director of IAP
first conceived general relativity, over 80 years ago, physicists
have sought a definition for angular momentum in general
satisfactory definition of angular momentum had been
given. In 1997, Dr. Rizzi gave the first such definition
thereby gaining worldwide recognition for his work in theoretical
physics. That same year he presented his findings at
the international general relativity physics conference
held in Jerusalem. A layman’s magazine article on Dr.
Rizzi’s discovery appears in "Science," October 1998,
Vol. 282, No. 5387, pg 249. 1
He is uniquely
qualified as both an outstanding theorist and experimentalist
in general relativity, specializing in LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Obser-vatory) related areas. As senior
scientist at the California Institute of Technology’s Louisiana LIGO observatory, he was responsible for significant developments
in getting the instrument ready for the detection of gravity
waves. During this time, he taught graduate physics courses
Louisiana State University. Dr.
Rizzi continues his work in increasing our understanding
of Einstein’s theory and of gravitational radiation. He
has also been a research scientist at
Industry is also no stranger to Dr. Rizzi. Earlier in his
career, he was employed for ten years as a Staff Physicist
and Design Engineer for Martin Marietta (later Lockheed
Colorado. His work included projects for the Manned
Mars Craft, Mars Observer, and he has received the NASA
Award, as well as, a Martin Marietta New Technology Award.
Dr. Rizzi received a BS in physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT); later he received his MS from University
and a Ph.D. in physics from
His talents also include extensive computer programming
experience and a strong background in advanced mathematics.
Dr. Rizzi has used in his study of philosophy and theology the
same rigorous, in-depth questioning self-study style that he
used throughout his physics career. Over the past twenty
years, he gained an extensive background in philosophy
learning modern and ancient philosophy. In his studies
of philosophy, he concentrated on metaphysics, moral
philosophy and the philosophy of nature and science. In
philosophy and theology, history is almost indispensable
and he studied that field extensively. In theology, he
has an interest in the writings of the early Church Fathers.
Most especially, he is interested in medieval theology.
In July 2001, Ralph McInerny, renowned philosopher and
author, invited Dr. Rizzi to speak at and participate in
the week-long Thomistic Institute, University of Notre Dame.
An article from his talk, “The Primary End of Marriage”,
is published in the Thomistic Institute proceedings.
October 2001, Dr. Rizzi was awarded a grant to write the book
The Science Before Science: A Guide
to thinking in the 21st Century. An interview
of Dr. Rizzi about the book appears in "Catholic World Report,"
July 2002. Dr. Rizzi has frequently been featured in TV, radio,
and print media. In addition to his technical articles, he has
written the books: Physics for Realists: Mechanics,
Physics for Realists: Electricity and Magnetism, solutions
manuals for each, and A Kid's Introduction to Physics (and
Dr. Rizzi is blessed with a lovely wife and
four lovely children.
1. For more technical details see, for example, Phys.
Rev. Letters 81, 1150 (1998)
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