Top Canadian superstring theorist inducted into Royal Society

Jul 20, 2006

Rob Myers, Faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada has been named a Royal Society of Canada Fellow. Prof. Myers is only 1 of 10 distinguished scientists accepted into the Mathematical and Physical Scientists division this year.

Robert Myers is an outstanding theoretical physicist whose research, characterized by deep physical insights and originality, has made him Canada's most renowned string theorist and places him among the highest ranks of string theorists around the world. His highly-cited groundbreaking contributions in gravitational physics and string theory include:

* Pioneering research on gravity in higher dimensions/black holes
* The discovery of the "Myers effect" in M-theory
* Work showing that cosmic superstrings may leave an observable imprint in the sky

The Royal Society membership follows a distinguished record of awards and recognition for Meyers including:

* The 2005 CAP/CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
* The 1999 CAP Herzberg medal
* Top prizes in the annual Gravity Research Foundation Prize Essay Competition

This is the same competition that famed scientist Stephen Hawking once won.

Rob has since taken top spot on two separate occasions.

Interaction with the international community is a strong focus of Rob's work. He was a co-organizer of Strings 2005, and a member of the international advisory committee for Strings 2006, recently held in Beijing.

Widely credited with being instrumental in building string theory within Canada, Myers was among the first researchers hired by Perimeter Institute in 2001. He received his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1986, after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Professor of Physics at McGill University.

Source: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Explore further: Microscopic "walkers" find their way across cell surfaces

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Tiny "nanoflares" might heat the Sun's corona

39 minutes ago

Why is the Sun's million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun's surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the Harvard-Smithsonian ...

Satellites tracking Central Pacific's Tropical Storm Ana

1 hour ago

Tropical Storm Ana continued on a path to the Hawaiian Islands as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and gathered data on the storm. NOAA's GOES-West satellite data was compiled into a movie that showed ...

Recommended for you

Cooling with molecules

22 hours ago

An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius – only just above absolute zero – using magnetic molecules. ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

tkjtkj
not rated yet Apr 20, 2009
would have been nice had he actually TOLD us what 'R2' is ...