April 7, 2023
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced on April 6 that Hirosi Ooguri, Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo and the Fred Kavli Professor at California Institute of Technology, has been named a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow. Ooguri will receive a grant of 50,000 US dollars to support his research in quantum gravity.
This year, the Foundation awarded Fellowships to 171 exceptional individuals, encompassing scientists, writes, scholars, and artists across 48 fields. Among them, Ooguri stands as one of only three physicists and holds the distinction of being the first faculty member of the University of Tokyo to receive this prestigious Fellowship.
Since its establishment in 1925, the Guggenheim Fellowship has been awarded to “mid-career individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts and exhibit great promise for their future endeavors." To date, the Foundation has granted nearly 400 million US dollars in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, including 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award.
“Like Emerson, I believe that fullness in life comes from following our calling,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation and 1985 Fellow in Poetry. “The new class of Fellows has followed their calling to enhance all of our lives, to provide greater human knowledge and deeper understanding. We’re lucky to look to them to bring us into the future.”
Ooguri expressed his gratitude upon receiving this recognition: "I am honored and grateful to be recognized as a Guggenheim Fellow among such a wide range of talents. I am particularly pleased that the Fellowship is for mid-career individuals. I look forward to developing my research further with this Fellowship.”