William G. Unruh (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; University of British Columbia; Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University; Hagler Institute for Advanced Study); Luiz Davidovich (Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University; Hagler Institute for Advanced Study; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Texas A&M University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, MPHY 578 / IQSE Seminar Room
William G. Unruh is a professor of physics at the University of British Columbia, known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of gravity, black holes, cosmology, quantum fields in curved spaces, and the foundations of quantum mechanics, including the discovery of the Unruh effect. Professor Unruh was the first Director of the Cosmology and Gravity Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1985-1996). His many awards include the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of Canada (1982), the Herzberg Medal of the Canadian Association of Physicists (1983), the Steacie Prize from the National Research Council (1984), the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal of Achievement (1995), and the Canada Council Killam Prize. Professor Unruh is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Professor Davidovich is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He is foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, member of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in the Developing Countries (TWAS) and president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He received the Brazilian Grand-Cross of the National Order of Scientific Merit and the Brazilian National Prize of Science and Technology.
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