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Professor Cumrun Vafa Receives 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

May 23, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Professor Cumrun Vafa, recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor award was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organization (NECO) and is presented at a yearly ceremony on Ellis Island in May. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized recipients who are read into the Congressional Record.

 

NECO writes, "The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of

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2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Joseph Polchinski, Andrew Strominger, and Cumrun Vafa

December 5, 2016

We are pleased to formally congratulate Joseph Polchinski, Andrew Strominger, and Cumrun Vafa and all of the winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics. 

Breakthrough Prize marks 5th anniversary celebrating top achievement in science and awards more than $25 million in prizes at gala ceremony in Silicon Valley. 

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Awarded to Stephen J. Elledge, Harry F. Noller, Roeland Nusse, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Huda Yahya Zoghbi.

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to

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Cumrun Vafa 2016 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Recipient from American Physical Society

December 1, 2016

 

Cumrun Vafa

Cumrun Vafa 
Harvard University


Citation:

"For leadership in numerous central developments in string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum geometry; including the interplay between string theory and Calabi-Yau geometry and especially for their elucidation of the origin of black hole entropy from microscopic states."


Background:

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Professor Lisa Randall Receives 2015 Julius Wess Award

July 7, 2016

The Center for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics KCETA of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, has awarded Prof. Lisa Randall the 2015 Julius Wess Award for her research on unifying the fundamental forces of physics.

This research award is granted to elementary particle or astroparticle physicists "for outstanding experimental or theoretical scientific achievements, which extend and deepen our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature." (see

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The Fall and Rise of String Theory with Andy Strominger

July 7, 2016

Discover Magazine covers Professor Strominger's journey to String Theory in a new article. 

"Strominger was never one for the beaten path. He dropped out of Harvard twice in the 1970s to live in communes in New Hampshire and China before returning to college, bent on probing the universe through theoretical physics. As an MIT graduate student, Strominger was told to steer clear of risky subjects like string

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Howard Georgi is the recipient of the DPF 2016 Mentoring Award

March 29, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Howard Georgi for receiving the 2016 Mentoring Award of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society. The Award recognizes Prof. Georgi's "unique dedication to mentoring and supporting a large and diverse community of students and post doctoral fellows, whose creative theoretical endeavors have had an enormous impact on particle

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Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

January 13, 2016

This week Hawking, the University of Cambridge physicist Malcolm J. Perry, and the Harvard University physicist Andrew Strominger posted a paper online in which the authors claim to make real progress toward solving the black-hole information paradox. Despite the inviting title—“Soft Hair on Black Holes”—the paper is mercilessly technical, so I asked Strominger to walk me

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