International Many-Body Physics Honorees Announced
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International physics scholars Dr. Raymond Bishop and Dr. Hermann Kümmel are joint recipients of the 2005 Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal in Many-Body Physics, awarded by the International Advisory Committee for the series of International Conferences on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories.
Texas A&M University Professor of Physics Siu A. Chin, who serves as chair of the committee, noted that Bishop and Kümmel earned selection for their development and application of the coupled-cluster method (CCM) to many important problems in physics.
Kümmel, professor emeritus at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, is being honored for “his role in the creation and early development of the coupled-cluster method, and pioneering high-accuracy applications of it to problems in nuclear and sub-nuclear physics.”
Bishop, professor of physics at the University of Manchester, UK, is cited for his “development of the coupled-cluster method toward a comprehensive ab initio [“from the first principles or beginning”] approach, and innovative applications across the full spectrum of subfields of quantum many-body physics.”
“During the past half century, the application of this quantum many-body physics approach has contributed substantially to our understanding of challenging problems in condensed matter physics — including electrons in solids, quantum liquids and gasses, and quantum magnetism — atomic and molecular physics, nuclear physics and sub-nuclear physics/quantum field theory,” Chin explained. “The coupled-cluster method is one of very few ab initio methods which has an enduring impact in quantum chemistry.”
According to Chin, many-body physics is concerned with understanding the properties of matter in terms of the interactions between the microscopic (atomic and subatomic) constituents of matter. As such, it applies to many broad sub-disciplines of physics, chemistry and materials science.
The medal, established in 1983 by the worldwide many-body physics community in memory of the unique and enduring contributions of Eugene Feenberg to many-body physics, is designated for firmly established work that can be demonstrated to have significantly advanced the field of many-body physics. Two previous winners (Walter Kohn, 1991; Anthony J. Leggett, 1999) have gone on to win respective Nobel prizes in Chemistry (1998) and Physics (2003).
The 2005 medal, only the 10th to be awarded, will be presented to Bishop and Kümmel at the 13th International Conference on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories, scheduled for December 5-9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For complete biographies on the 2005 honorees and further information about the medal or upcoming conference, visit http://qmbt13.df.uba.ar/.
Contact: Dr. Siu A. Chin, (979) 845-4190 or email@example.com
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