Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Scientist Leonard Susskind Joins Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics as Associate Member

    Waterloo, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) - Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is pleased to  announce that renowned scientist Leonard Susskind has joined its Faculty as  an Associate Member. Professor Susskind is widely recognized as one of the  most highly creative researchers in the field of particle physics. He earned  his BSc at City College of New York and his PhD in 1965 at Cornell  University. He held a number of positions at the postdoctoral and faculty  level afterwards before becoming a Professor in the Department of Physics at  Stanford University in 1978, where he continues to work as a Professor  of Physics.

    Leonard Susskind has received a range of honors and prizes, including having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), receiving the American Physical Society's prestigious Sakurai Award, as well as the American Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award.

    Dr. Robert Myers, Interim Scientific Director at Perimeter Institute, remarks, "Professor Susskind has been one of the most creative and influential theoretical physicists in the last four decades. He has contributed important ideas to topics ranging from the theory of quark confinement to black holes in string theory." As an Associate Member, Professor Susskind will spend focused time at PI in Waterloo each year to conduct research activities.

    In addition to an outstanding record as a distinguished theoretical physicist, Professor Susskind has a demonstrated interest in communicating science to members of the general public and improving society's awareness of physics, astronomy, and allied science fields. He will share this talent by participating in a special PI Public Lecture panel discussion on December 5, 2007, dealing with the topic of 'Information and Reality'.

    About Perimeter Institute

    Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research and educational outreach organization where international scientists cluster to push the limits of our understanding of physical laws and calculate new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The award-winning research centre provides a multi-disciplinary environment to foster research in areas of Cosmology, Particle Physics, Quantum Foundations, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Information and Superstring Theory. The Institute, located in Waterloo, Ontario, also provides a wide array of educational outreach activities for students, teachers and members of the general public across the country and beyond in order to share the joy of scientific research, discovery and innovation.

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