2017 Awards Ceremony

2017 Awards  Ceremony

Professor Cumrun Vafa Wins Breakthrough Prize

9hnZHrC9Professor Cumrun Vafa of Harvard University has been selected as one of the three recpients of Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics in 2016. Professor Vafa has been acknowledged for numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry, and statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation that unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime.

The Breakthrough Prize program was founded in 2012 with support from such tech luminaries as Google co-founder Sergei Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki (23andMe); Russian entrepreneur-investor Yuri Milner and his wife, Julia Milner, and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan (also known for her part in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative).

Source: www.breakthroughprize.org