The 2014 Dirac Medal to Professor Gabriele Veneziano
The International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) has awarded the 2014 Dirac Medal to Professor Gabriele Veneziano of CERN and College de France. Prof. Veneziano is a Sackler Professor by special appointment at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University.
The Dirac Medal was awarded to Prof. Veneziano for his crucial contributions to the origin, development and further understanding of String Theory. String theory is a leading candidate for the fundamental quantum theory of nature that attempts to provide a unified explanation of the fundamental particles and forces of nature including (in a quantum context) gravity, thus confronting the fundamental deep question of the Universe's origin and its composition. Veneziano's 1968 seminal paper marks the clear beginning of string theory and established his standing as one of the pioneering fathers of this theory.
Professor Veneziano shares the Dirac Medal award with Prof. A. Sen and Prof. A. Strominger.
The ICTP Dirac Medal award is a most prestigious prize awarded annually to scientists who have made most significant and breakthrough contributions to theoretical physics.
Professor Veneziano is a close friend and collaborated, for many years, most successfully with members of our School. The School of Physics and Astronomy congratulates Prof. Veneziano for this most important recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements. We are proud to have him as a Sackler Professor at our School and look forward for many more years of fruitful collaboration.