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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.

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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."


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