Short Professional Biography
Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a University of California, San Diego/UC Irvine partnership created in 2000. He holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Jacobs School's Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD. At Calit2, Smarr has continued to drive major developments in planetary information infrastructure begun during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In the last decade he has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement. His views have been quoted in Science, Nature, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Wired, Fortune, Business Week, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, and the Australian Broadcasting Company. He gives frequent keynote addresses at professional conferences and to popular audiences.
Smarr is He is currently the Principal Investigator on the NSF Pacific Research Platform, and previously was Principal Investigator (PI) on the NSF OptIPuter project and the Moore Foundation's CAMERA microbial metagenomics project. Smarr was a member of President Clinton's Information Technology Advisory Committee, served on the NASA Advisory Council to four NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, and for eight years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving three directors. He also served on Governor Schwarzenegger's California Broadband Taskforce in 2007.
Smarr received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and conducted observational, theoretical, and computational-based astrophysical sciences research for the next 20 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1990 he received the Franklin Institute's Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology. In 2006 he received two Lifetime Achievement awards: the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award in distributed computing systems and the ESRI Award. In 2014 he was named a recipient of the Golden Goose Award.