Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The new Lucasian professor of mathematics

String theorist, Michael Green has been appointed as the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge. He will be succeeding Stephen Hawking. In the past the chair has been occupied by Dirac and Newton. Here is the report from the Guardian.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes 2009

Rajesh Gopakumar of the HRI, Allahabad has been awarded India's top scientific award in Physical Sciences (along with Abhishek Dhar of RRI, Bangalore). Rajesh is the sixth scientist working in the area of string theory to get the award -- the others are Ashoke Sen, Sumit Das, Sunil Mukhi, Sandip Trivedi and Atish Dabholkar.