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Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation Announces Physics Frontiers And New Horizons In Physics Prizes Along With Two Special Prizes

NEW YORK and GENEVA, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


T wo  $3,000,000 special Fundamental Physics Prizes have been awarded to  Stephen Hawking and to  seven scientists who led the effort to discover a Higgs-like particle at CERN's Large Hadron Collider

The winner of the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize will be announced at a ceremony at CERN [i]   on  March 20, 2013

The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation Selection Committee, which is comprised of prior recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize and includes Nima Arkani-Hamed, Alan Guth, Alexei Kitaev, Maxim Kontsevich, Andrei Linde, Juan Maldacena, Nathan Seiberg, Ashoke Sen and Edward Witten, is pleased to announce:

1. The laureates of 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize are:

Charles Kane , Laurens Molenkamp and Shoucheng Zhang for the theoretical prediction and experimental discovery of topological insulators.

Alexander Polyakov for his many discoveries in field theory and string theory including the conformal bootstrap, magnetic monopoles, instantons, confinement/de-confinement, the quantization of strings in non-critical dimensions, gauge/string duality and many others. His ideas have dominated the scene in these fields during the past decades.

Joseph Polchinski for his contributions in many areas of quantum field theory and string theory.  His discovery of D-branes has given new insights into the nature of string theory and quantum gravity, with consequences including the AdS/CFT correspondence.


2. Laureates of the 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize will become nominees for the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize. The winner of the Fundamental Physics Prize will be announced by the Selection Committee at a prize ceremony that will take place at CERN on March 20, 2013.

3. The Physics Frontiers Prize laureates who do not go on to be awarded the Fundamental Physics Prize will each receive $300,000 and will automatically be re-nominated for the Fundamental Physics Prize each year for the next 5 years.

4. The laureates of 2013 New Horizons in Physics Prize are: Niklas Beisert for the development of powerful exact methods to describe a quantum gauge theory and its associated string theory. Davide Gaiotto for far-reaching new insights about duality, gauge theory, and geometry, and especially for his work linking theories in different dimensions in most unexpected ways. Zohar Komargodski for his work on the dynamics of four-dimensional field theories. In particular, his proof (with Schwimmer) of the "a-theorem" has solved a long-standing problem, leading to deep new insights. Each of the laureates will receive $100,000.


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