Perimeter Director Recieves Physics Leadership Award

The American Institute of Physics has recognized Neil Turok with its prestigious Tate Medal.

College Park, MD - The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced this week that it has awarded its 2016 John Torrence Tate Award for International Leadership in Physics to Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok.

The award recognizes Turok’s many contributions to the international physics community, including his directorship of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, his founding of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and his cosmology research, as well as his lectures and publications.

“We are thrilled to award this prize to Dr. Turok for his many contributions to the international physics community,” said AIP Chief Executive Officer Robert G.W. Brown.

Awarded every two years to non-US citizens for international leadership in physics, the award consists of a medal, a certificate of recognition, and a $10,000 prize. The award will be presented to Turok at the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress, which takes place November 3-5, 2016, in Silicon Valley, California.

Born in South Africa and educated at Cambridge University, Turok is known for developing fundamental theories of cosmology and new observational tests. His prediction of a key signature of dark energy was recently confirmed; moreover, he developed the “open inflation” scenario with Stephen Hawking, among others, as well as its principal rival, a cyclic model of the universe, with Paul Steinhardt.

In 2001, Turok turned his attention back to Africa: “I became increasingly concerned about how to access and enable the vast untapped pool of scientific and technical talent that currently lies wasted in developing countries,” Turok explained.

He worked with friends, colleagues, and supporters to create the first AIMS campus as a centre of excellence for postgraduate education, research, and outreach in the mathematical sciences.

“It has been incredibly gratifying to see young African scientists – 1,000 of them and counting – emerge from AIMS with the skills and motivation to solve real problems in their countries,” he added.

Since 2008, he has been Director of Perimeter Institute, where he also holds the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair.

In announcing the award, the AIP said that “through his leadership of both AIMS and Perimeter Institute, Turok has championed fundamental science not only as a means to important discoveries that will shape our technological future, but also as the path to a shared understanding of our universe and our place in it.”

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