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10-Dec-2012

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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Davide Gaiotto and Stephen Hawking among Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation award winners

Davide Gaiotto, a Perimeter Institute faculty member, and Stephen Hawking, a Perimeter Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, along with other celebrated physicists, have been awarded prizes from the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation. Gaiotto has won a $100,000 New Horizons in Physics Prize for emerging work as a young researcher, and Stephen Hawking was awarded a $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize for his work on black holes.

"Perimeter Institute is thrilled that two of its researchers have today been recognised with these major international awards," said Neil Turok, Director of Perimeter Institute. "Stephen's path-breaking discoveries about the quantum properties of black holes set the agenda for much of fundamental physics and cosmology over the past three decades. Davide's discoveries about quantum fields are likewise opening the way to more powerful mathematical descriptions of particles and forces in the universe."

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Read more about Gaiotto, Hawking, and the prizes:

http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/news/perimeter-congratulates-davide-gaiotto-and-stephen-hawking-receiving-awards-fundamental-physics

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Perimeter also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training, and outreach. www.perimeterinstitute.ca

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rtaylor@perimeterinstitute.ca
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