I was born in Berkeley, California, in 1965. My parents are
Mary and John Price, and
they were living in Berkeley while my father was in graduate school
We (my parents, me, and my older brother Richard)
moved to suburban Maryland when I was less than a year old.
I went to Prince George's County public schools until 5th grade.
My friends when I was a wee lad in Lanham, Maryland included Ronnie
Stone, Kenny Schmidt and Scott Hildebrick (sp?).
I'd be happy to hear from any of those people.
At the end of 5th grade, we moved to Montgomery County, Maryland.
I went to White Oak Junior High (1976-78), then to Sandy
Spring Friends School for 9th grade (78-79), then to Springbrook
High School (79-82). Friends in this period included Andrew
Gelman, Harvey Wong, Ken Whang, and Craig Warsaw
(like a lot of teenagers, we used to play Dungeons and Dragons together).
I still talk to Andrew regularly, we frequently exchange email,
and we see each other several times a year; Craig and I exchange
occasional emails or cards; but I seem to have lost touch with Harvey
I went to Oberlin
College in Ohio (1982-86), a small liberal arts
school most famous for its music conservatory. I did a double major
in physics and math, though the math major was really incidental.
I also played a lot of
Frisbee. Friends at Oberlin included then-girlfriend
Thea Lawton, Eric
Loew, Mark Alexander, Fred Dulles, Bob Cannon,
and Janet Zwick.
After Oberlin I took the path of least resistance: Grad school. I went to
of Kentucky (1986-92), where I got a Ph.D. in
physics (with a dissertation on Rydberg atoms in strong, linearly
increasing electric fields) under advisor David Harmin. I
continued to play a lot of Ultimate Frisbee.
Following grad school, I took a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
(recently renamed Ernest
Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory*) in
the Indoor Environment Program. After the three-year post-doc ended,
I was given a quasi-permanent position (official title: "scientist"),
which will last as long as I keep getting grant money. I have worked
on predicting and mapping indoor radon concentrations in the U.S.;
on mapping gas concentrations using optical remote sensing; on
predicting chemical properties of mixtures of combustion gases;
on predicting and improving commercial building energy efficiency; and
on various aspects of statistical modeling. You can see more on
my work page.
I live with my wife in a nice house in North Berkeley.