Prize Recipient

Alexander B. Zamolodchikov
Rutgers University


"For outstanding contributions to theoretical physics, and especially for the remarkable ideas that they introduced concerning conformal field theory and soluble models of statistical mechanics in two dimensions."


Alexander Zamolodchikov was born on September 18, 1952, in Dubna, Russia. He has graduated from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology in 1975, with the Master Degree in Nuclear Engineering. In 1978 he received PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP). In 1978 he became a Junior Researcher at L.D.Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP), and in 1983 was promoted to Senior Researcher at the same Institute. In 1990 A.Zamolodchikov became a Professor at Rutgers University, and a member of New High Energy Center (NHETC), the position he holds to this day.

A.Zamolodchikov's field of research is Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. His most important contributions are in Integrable Quantum Field Theories, Conformal Field Theories in two space-time dimensions, and in Renormalization Group in 2D Quantum Field Theories (c-theorem). His more recent work was in 2D Quantum Gravity, Integrable Field Theories with boundaries, and various mathematical aspects of Integrability.

A.Zamolodchikov was awarded APS Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of 1999 (with B.McCoy and T.T.Wu). His other awards include John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997), Humboldt Research Award (2004), and Blaise Pascal Chair (2005). Since 2000 A.Zamolodchikov is elected Fellow of APS.

Selection Committee:

Sidney Redner, Chair; S. Coppersmith; D. Friedan; B. Schmittmann; R. Singh