David Saltzberg, Ph.D. (b. 1967) is an Astroparticle physics|astroparticle physicist and the science consultant for the CBS television situation-comedy, The Big Bang Theory, checking scripts and meeting with the producers, writers, actors, set decorators, prop masters, and other crew to help ensure scientific accuracy of the show. He has been the show's science consultant ever since the unaired pilot. He also writes a blog, The Big Blog Theory, that explains the science behind the episodes.
David Saltzberg is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received a bachelor's degree in Physics in 1989 from Princeton University where he worked in the Princeton Cyclotron. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1994, where he measured the mass of the W boson at the Fermilab Tevatron and CDF detector.
Saltzberg returned to the U.S. and CDF as a faculty member at UCLA where he and his group helped build the CDF Run-II detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. His group looks for signs of supersymmetry and measures exotic properties of the top quark.
Saltzberg's current interests are high energy particle physics and high-energy neutrino astronomy, using radio detection techniques. He is currently working on the ANITA project, which recently completed three successful scientific balloon flights in Antarctica, and also collaborating with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
David Saltzberg appears on the following specials from The Big Bang Theory:
- Physicist to the Stars (2009)
- Access All Areas (2012)
- He appeared once sitting in the background of a cafeteria scene.
- He posted good comments about Leonard and Sheldon's bubble theory.
- He posted good comments about Sheldon and Amy's Super-Asymmetry paper.
- David Saltzberg | UCLA Physics & Astronomy
- David Saltzberg on Wikipedia
- David Saltzberg on IMDb
- The Big Blog Theory
- INTERVIEW From A.N.I.T.A. to the Big Bang - The Tech
- NASA Blueshift » [podcast] Astrophysicist to the Stars
- TV Fact-Checker: Dropping Science on The Big Bang Theory - Wired
- Sitcoms Consult Scientists For Accuracy : NPR
- Making a 'Big Bang' on TV: 10 questions with David Saltzberg / UCLA Today
Young Sheldon Characters, Cast & Crew
|Main Characters||Main||Sheldon Cooper ‧ Mary Cooper ‧ George Cooper Sr. ‧ George Cooper Jr. ‧ Missy Cooper ‧ Meemaw ‧ Jeff Difford|
|Recurring and Minor Characters||Tam Nguyen ‧ Veronica Duncan ‧ Billy Sparks ‧ Victoria McElroy ‧ Evelyn Ingram ‧ Assistant Coach Wilkins ‧ Hubert Givens ‧ Ms. Hutchins ‧ Principal Peterson ‧ John Sturgis ‧ Paige|
|Cast||Regulars||Iain Armitage ‧ Zoe Perry ‧ Lance Barber ‧ Montana Jordan ‧ Raegan Revord ‧ Annie Potts ‧ Jim Parsons|
|Recurring||Ryan Phuong ‧ Wyatt McClure ‧ Matt Hobby ‧ Valerie Mahaffey ‧ Danielle Pinnock ‧ Doc Farrow ‧ Brian Stepanek ‧ Sarah Baker ‧ Rex Linn ‧ Wallace Shawn|
|As Selves||Elon Musk|
|Crew||Writers||Chuck Lorre * (Creator) ‧ Steven Molaro * (Creator)|
|* also as Producer||Young Sheldon : Full cast & crew on IMDb|