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Memories of a Truth-Seeker: Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

March 14, 2018

by Andrew Strominger,
Gwilll E. York  Professor of Physics, Harvard University

 

I had the good fortune to meet Stephen Hawking in 1982. This was to be the beginning of a long and vibrant scientific interaction and friendship.  I was fresh out of graduate school and Stephen could still speak in a growly voice. It took me a few days to understand what he was saying but I managed to do it. And there was a lot to say!  Stephen twirled around my Princeton apartment with son Timothy on the footrest of his wheelchair. Probably...

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Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

October 27, 2017

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel Contact, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. He had her enter a black hole and exit light-years away, but he didn’t know if this made any sense. The Cornell University astrophysicist and television star consulted his friend Kip Thorne, a black hole expert at the California Institute of Technology (who won a Nobel Prize earlier this month). Thorne knew that...

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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 America in...

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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:

Cumrun Vafa was born in...

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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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