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Iranian-American Scientist Nima Arkani-Hamed Recipient of 3 Million Dollar FPP Prize

Nima Arkani-Hamed, a scientist of Iranian heritage at Institute for Advanced Study, is among 9 scientists receiving the biggest Prize in Theoretical Physics of $3,000,000 each.

The nine are recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize (FPP), established by Yuri Milner, a Russian physics student who dropped out of graduate school in 1989 and later earned billions investing in Internet companies like Facebook and Groupon.

The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Universe at the deepest level by awarding annual prizes for scientific breakthroughs, as well as communicating the excitement of fundamental physics to the public.

Nima Arkani-Hamed

Profile of Nima Arkani-Hamed (Source: Institute for Advanced Study):

Nima Arkani-Hamed - Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study

One of the leading particle physics phenomenologists of his generation, Nima Arkani-Hamed is concerned with the relation between theory and experiment. His research has shown how the extreme weakness of gravity, relative to other forces of nature, might be explained by the existence of extra dimensions of space, and how the structure of comparatively low-energy physics is constrained within the context of string theory. He has taken a lead in proposing new physical theories that can be tested at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. 1997; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Postdoctoral Fellow 1997-99; University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor 1999-2001, Associate Professor 2001; Harvard University, Visiting Professor 2001-02, Professor 2002-07; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 2008-; Sloan Fellowship 2000-02; Packard Fellowship 2000-05; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; European Physical Society, Gribov Medal 2003; Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Physics 2008

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