Professor of Physics and of Astronomy, CWRU
Director of the Institute for the Science of Origins
Director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics
An alumnus of the University of Toronto, Canada (his native city), with a PhD from Stanford University, Glenn's research career took him to the institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics before bringing him to Case Western Reserve.
His research has extended from searching for habitable planets around other stars to understanding the shape of the universe, from looking for miniature black holes in particle accelerators to extending and testing Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
In 2003 Glenn was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Glenn is dedicated to advancing the role of research universities in education at all levels. He was among the founding board members of the Reinvention Center, a national center focusing on undergraduate education at research universities.
Since 2008 Glenn has served as founding director of the Institute for the Science of Origins, a collaboration of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and ideastream. The mission of the Institute is to initiate and conduct scientific research on, to educate students about and to increase public understanding of the origin and evolution of systems, both simple and complex, natural and human, and the applications of that knowledge.