Honours and Awards

Many Perimeter Institute researchers have received national and international recognition for their work. Some notable achievements are listed below. Additional honours appear via the curricula vitae of individual researchers – some of which are accessible via links to individual homepages through the People section of this website.

2011/2012

  • Director Neil Turok was selected to deliver the 2012 Massey Lectures, which was presented in five cities across Canada, aired nationally on CBC Radio, and published as a book
  • Perimeter Distinguished Visiting Research Chair Nima Arkani-Hamed won a $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize
  • Faculty member Robert Myers won the 2012 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics for his outstanding contributions to advancing the frontiers of string theory and its application to theories of gravitation, black holes, and QCD
  • Faculty member Freddy Cachazo won the 2012 CAP Herzberg Medal for deep new insights into the structure of quantum field theory, and the development of elegant mathematical techniques to simplify the analysis of high-energy particle scattering experiments
  • Faculty member Pedro Vieira received a $140,000 Early Researcher Award from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation for his proposal, "Quantum Field Theory at Finite Coupling"
  • Associate Faculty member Raymond Laflamme was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his visionary leadership in the field of quantum information science
  • Associate Faculty member Raymond Laflamme was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Razvan Gurau was awarded the 2012 Hermann Weyl prize for the discovery and development of the theory of coloured random tensors
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Eugenio Bianchi was awarded a Banting Fellowship to be based at Perimeter

2010/2011

  • Distinguished Visiting Research Chair Yakir Aharonov was awarded the highest honour bestowed on scientists by the United States government, the National Medal of Science, presented by President Barack Obama in November 2010
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Chair Sandu Popescu won the John Stewart Bell Prize for his enormous contributions to the field of quantum mechanics
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Chair Leo Kadanoff was awarded the 2011 Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics “for inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behaviour of phase transitions and dynamical systems”
  • Faculty member Freddy Cachazo won the 2011 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada, which honours outstanding research in any branch of physics by younger scientists
  • Faculty member Lee Smolin and Associate Faculty member Richard Cleve were inducted as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi won the Professor M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) for his contributions to our understanding of the dark universe
  • Associate Faculty member Luis Lehner was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his “important contributions to numerical relativity, most notably in the areas of black hole simulations, general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics, and algorithm development”
  • Associate Faculty member Luis Lehner was named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Cosmology and Gravitation program
  • Director Neil Turok and Faculty member Lee Smolin were awarded a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to create a new program, The Templeton Frontiers Program at Perimeter Institute
  • Associate Faculty member Luis Lehner was awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) of $120,000 (2011-2014), in addition to a core grant of $280,000 over five years (2011-2016)
  • Associate Faculty member Cliff Burgess was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant of $375,000 (2010-2015), within the top tier of awards given to theorists in subatomic physics
  • Associate Faculty member Maxim Pospelov was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant of $395,000 (2006-2011), within the top tier of awards given to theorists in subatomic physics
  • Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi received a $150,000 Early Researcher Award from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • Director Neil Turok was named to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), the Government of Canada’s advisory body on science, technology, and innovation issues
  • Associate Faculty member Cliff Burgess was invited by NSERC to serve on the committee drafting Canada’s national five-year plan for subatomic physics (2012-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Adrienne Erickcek was awarded a CIFAR Junior Fellowship
  • Associate Faculty member Adrian Kent was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for his project, “Mathematical Characterization of Quantum Reality”
  • Associate Faculty member Maxim Pospelov was awarded a Gordon Godfrey Visiting Fellowship at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Associate Faculty member Michele Mosca was named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by The Globe and Mail
  • Faculty member Lee Smolin was awarded a Foundational Questions Research Institute (FQXi) grant for his project, “Physical and cosmological consequences of the hypotheses of the reality of time”
  • Faculty members Lee Smolin and Laurent Freidel, with colleagues, won second prize in the 2011 Gravity Research Foundation essay competition for “Relative Locality: A Deepening of the Relativity Principle”
  • Senior Researcher Christopher Fuchs was selected as the 2011 Clifford Lecturer at Tulane University
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Matthew Johnson was co-awarded an FQXi grant of US$112,331 for “Detecting signatures of eternal inflation using WMAP and Planck data”
  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Giulio Chiribella was selected by the American Physical Society as an APS highlight for his paper, “Informational derivation of quantum theory”

 

2009/2010

  • Associate Faculty member Cliff Burgess was awarded the 2010 Canadian Association of Physicists-Centre de recherches mathématiques (CAP-CRM) Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, the highest honour in theoretical physics in Canada, for his “broad and deep contributions to theoretical physics”
  • PI researcher Christopher Fuchs won the International Quantum Communication Award from the International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computation (QCMC) for “outstanding contributions to the theory of quantum communication”
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Zhengfeng Ji and collaborators won the “Best Paper Award” at STOC 2010 for having solved a major open problem in quantum computational complexity
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Giulio Chiribella was awarded the 2010 Hermann Weyl Prize from the International Colloquium for Group-Theoretical Methods in Physics
  • Associate Faculty member Michele Mosca was named a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Fellow in the Quantum Information program, and one of Waterloo Region’s Top 40 Under 40
  • PI Director Neil Turok was named a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Fellow in the Cosmology and Gravitation program
  • Faculty member Jaume Gomis was given an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi was awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one of only eight given nationally in physics
  • Faculty member Fotini Markopoulou was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (to be held at the Albert Einstein Institute)
  • An NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant of $750,000 over three years was awarded to Associate Faculty member Michele Mosca and partners in Waterloo, Calgary, and Montreal to support research on fundamental and applied quantum key distribution networks
  • A US Army Research Office (ARO) grant of US$600,000 over three years was awarded to Associate Faculty member Richard Cleve and partners, including Associate Faculty members Michele Mosca and Ashwin Nayak, who are developing quantum computing algorithms
  • Parampreet Singh was awarded the 2010 S. Chandrasekhar Award of the International Society on General Relativity in Gravitation 
  • “The Return of the Phoenix Universe” by Director Neil Turok et al. received an Honourable Mention at the 2009 Gravity Research Foundation competition
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Federico Piazza’s paper “The IR-completion of gravity: what happens at Hubble scales?” was named among the “Best of 2009” by the New Journal of Physics
  • “Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory” by Robert Myers and S.E. Vasquez and “Are loop quantum cosmos never singular?” by Postdoctoral Researcher Parampreet Singh were both selected among the “Highlights of 2008-2009” by the editorial board of Classical and Quantum Gravity (CQG)

 

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