Leonard Susskind Joins Perimeter Institute as Associate Member



    WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - 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 honours and prizes, including
having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the American
Physical Society's prestigious Sakurai Award, as well as the American
Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award.
    Rob Myers, Interim Scientific Director at PI, 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 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.
Additional information can be found online at www.perimeterinstitute.ca





For further information:

For further information: John Matlock, Director of External Relations
and Outreach, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, at
jmatlock@perimeterinstitute.ca, or (519) 569-7600 ext. 5030

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