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2010 CAP_CRM Prize Recipient

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2010 CAP-CRM
Clifford Burgess ( McMaster University/Perimeter Institute)
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Conference details: November 2010.

"I am still taking it in, but it is very gratifying to receive this kind recognition from one's peers. I am grateful to both the CAP and the CRM for their efforts to shine a spotlight in this way on the efforts of physicists in Canada toiling away in the theoretical trenches."

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) are pleased to announce that the 2010 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is awarded to Dr. Clifford Burgess, McMaster University/Perimeter Institute, for his prolific and influential work in theoretical physics, which covers many different topics ranging from condensed matter theory to particle physics and string theory. Professor Burgess made seminal contributions in all these fields, but his most widely recognized contributions are in the areas of string and brane cosmology, where he developed interesting and pathbreaking ideas about how strings or branes can generate inflation in the early universe.

Clifford Burgess is a theoretical physicist who has made an impact over an unusually broad range of fields during his twenty years of research in Canada. His contributions span superstring theory, early universe cosmology, particle phenomenology, astrophysics and condensed matter physics. His pioneering work in constructing new models of cosmological inflation based on string theory opened new areas of research. His ongoing research in this area has brought string theory to a stage where models of the early universe are regularly tested against the precision data of new cosmological experiments. Burgess has also made innovative contributions in neutrino physics, double beta decay and precision accelerator measurements. His diverse research program extends to astrophysics and condensed matter physics, where he has also made significant contributions. Burgess is a renowned expert in the applications of effective field theory and has written a number of authoritative reviews on the topic. He has also co-authored a graduate textbook particle physics. With over 120 published research articles, he is one of Canadaís most prolific and highly cited particle theorists. His research consistently demonstrates a very high quality and remarkable creativity and with this, Burgess has attained an outstanding international profile in the theoretical physics community.

The annual CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics was first introduced in 1995.

Dr. Clifford Burgess will be presented with the 2010 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the 2010 CAP Congress (hosted by the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, from June 7-11) at the end of his plenary talk and will be honored during the Congress banquet to be held on Thursday, June 10th, 2010. Please refer to the Congress program for the schedule of plenary talks by CAP medal winners.

Dr. Clifford Burgess will receive the 2010 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at the University of Toronto on June 10th, 2010.

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate, Institutional, and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

The Centre de recherches mathématiques is a national research centre in mathematics and theoretical physics jointly supported by the federal government, the province of Quebec, and the Quebec universities. The CRM is based at the Université de Montréal. Among the activities of the CRM are thematic years, summer schools, workshops, seminars, and the publication of monographs, proceedings, and lecture notes in mathematics and physics. The local community of Quebec researchers are grouped in CRM's ten research laboratories.

For more information, please contact:

Canadian Association of Physicists
Tel: (613) 562-5614
Fax: (613) 562-5615
E-mail: cap@uottawa.ca


Centre de recherches mathématiques
Tel: 514 343-7501
Fax: 514 343-2254

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The CRM created and administers, either alone or jointly, four of the eight major national prizes in the mathematical sciences, namely:  the CRM–Fields–PIMS Prize,  the Prize for Theoretical Physics awarded in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), the Prize for young researchers in Statistics awarded jointly with the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), and the CRM Aisenstadt Prize awarded to rising young Canadian stars, selected by CRM's Scientific Advisory Panel. The CRM has invested enormously in time, effort and in its own resources, to propel leading Canadian scientists into the spotlight, giving them international recognition when they most need it. 

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