Internationally Renowned Physicist Appointed As Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy
|Investiture of Dr. Alexander Zamolodchikov (front, fourth from left) as the Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy at Bright Oceans Corporation, Beijing, on January 6, 2017. Attendees included Professor Chen Ning Yang, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and his wife FanFan Weng; President of Bright Oceans Corporation Dr. Wei Deng; the Director-General of China Association of Science and Technology Industry Parks Jing An Zhang; Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.; Stony Brook University Senior Vice President for Advancement Dexter A. Bailey Jr.; and Stony Brook University students and their parents. (Credit: Stony Brook University)|
Beijing, China & Stony Brook, NY, January 23, 2017 -- Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov became the inaugural Chen Ning Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy on January 6 at an investiture ceremony in Beijing, China at the global headquarters of Bright Ocean’s Corporation. A pioneer in modern theoretical physics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Zamolodchikov is known internationally for his contributions to the study of condensed matter physics, conformal field theory and string theory. His impact on the field of physics can be measured by a simple metric: 18,000 -- the number of times his published research has been cited; one of the highest in physics to date.
“Endowed faculty are critical to top public research universities as a means of attracting and retaining scholars at the forefront of their fields,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “Thanks to the vision and generosity of Deng Wei, PhD, Dr. Yang’s decorated past and affiliation with Stony Brook will continue to be a catalyst for new research and innovation and inspire and influence the future of physics.
“For his outstanding contributions to the field of physics and the distinction and honor he brings to Stony Brook, it is my privilege to welcome Dr. Zamolodchikov to the Stony Brook research community.”
The Chair was established through the generosity of Dr. Wei Deng, the founder and chairman of Bright Oceans Corporation, a high-tech industrial group in China. Dr. Wei Deng was inspired to honor Chen Ning Yang’s scientific legacy as one of China’s most venerated scientists, recipient of the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics and the first director of Stony Brook’s Institute of Theoretical Physics — now the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.
“The C.N. Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair is expected to help Stony Brook University transform their research achievements into actual benefits,” Deng Wei told the Xinhua Net Press, “Which will better serve people all over the world, including the people in China and America.”
“I take it as an extraordinary honor to accept the position associated with the name of C.N. Yang, whose status in theoretical physics is nothing short of legendary,” Dr. Zamolodchikov said. “Dr. Yang’s groundbreaking ideas constitute the basis of many central developments in contemporary Theoretical Physics, and I am especially proud that my work contributed somewhat to further developments of some of those ideas.”
About Alexander Zamolodchikov
Born in Novo-Ivankovo, now part of Dubna, Prof. Zamolodchikov earned a M.Sc. in nuclear engineering (1975) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a Ph.D. in physics from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (1978). He joined the research staff of Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (1978) where he got an honorary doctorate (1983). He co-authored the famous paper Infinite conformal symmetry in two-dimensional quantum field theory, with Alexander Polyakov and Alexander Belavin.
Prof. Zamolodchikov joined Rutgers University in 1990 where he co-founded Rutgers New High Energy Theory Center, and was named Board of Governors Professor in 2005.
In 2017, he was invested as the inaugural holder of the C. N. Yang/Wei Deng Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. He is the twin brother of the late Alexei Zamolodchikov (1952–2007), also a noted physicist.
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