Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is pleased to announce that renowned scientist Leonard Susskind has joined its Faculty as an Associate Member. Professor Susskind is widely recognized as one of the most highly creative researchers in the field of particle physics. He earned his BSc at City College of New York and his PhD in 1965 at Cornell University. He held a number of positions at the postdoctoral and faculty level afterwards before becoming a Professor in the Department of Physics at Stanford University in 1978, where he continues to work as a Professor of Physics.
Leonard Susskind has received a range of honours and prizes, including having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the American Physical Society's prestigious Sakurai Award, as well as the American Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award.
Rob Myers, Interim Scientific Director at PI, remarks, "Professor Susskind has been one of the most creative and influential theoretical physicists in the last four decades. He has contributed important ideas to topics ranging from the theory of quark confinement to black holes in string theory.” As an Associate Member, Professor Susskind will spend focused time at PI each year to conduct research activities.
In addition to an outstanding record as a distinguished theoretical physicist, Professor Susskind has a demonstrated interest in communicating science to members of the general public and improving society’s awareness of physics, astronomy, and allied science fields. He will share this talent by participating in a special PI Public Lecture panel discussion on December 5, 2007, dealing with the topic of ‘Information and Reality’.