July 13, 2016
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
Hirosi Ooguri, Principal Investigator of Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) and Professor of California Institute of Technology Professor, has been elected the President of the Aspen Center for Physics by its board of trustees on July 12.
The Aspen Center for Physics was established in 1962 to provide physicists with a creative environment for their individual research and to encourage interactions between different fields to open new directions of research. Every year, more than 1000 physicists from around the world come to time at the Center, located in one of America’s picturesque resort areas of Aspen, Colorado.
“Since my first visit to Aspen in 1989, I have been there almost every summer. Many of my research results have emerged from ideas developed there and my research life has become richer thanks to the Aspen Center for Physics. I am honored to be elected to the President to the Center and am happy to be able to give back to the community in this way.”
Ooguri has been a member of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2003, and has served as its trustee since 2011. The Center is an independent non-profit corporation operated for scientists by scientists with a small administrative staff.
Among the many discoveries made in Aspen over the past 50 years is the “anomaly cancellation mechanism” of Michael Green and John Schwarz, which triggered the superstring revolution in 1984. The concept of “arXiv,” the electronic preprint archive, was also born in Aspen.