International Association of Mathematical Physics
News Bulletin July 2008
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- New members
- Obituary: Jan Lopuszanski
- A year before the ICMP
- Lars Onsagers Award
- Forthcoming meetings
- A new book
New members: The following colleagues recently
joined the Association
| Nagarajan Nithyadevi
| National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
| Ellen J. Siem
| Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, USA
Obituary: Jan Lopuszanski (1923-2008)
Prof. Jan Lopuszanski, one of the founders of the Wroclaw School of
Theoretical Physics, the initiator and organizer of the first Winter
School of Theoretical Physics in Karpacz, Poland, and a man who has
played a distinct role in the development of modern mathematical
physics, was born in Lviv on the 21st of October 1923, then in Poland,
now in Ukraine. He was 16 when the Second World War brought Poland
under occupation. These were tragic times with the Polish population
being ruthlessly exterminated by the invaders. At the age of 18 Jan
Lopuszanski was arrested by the Soviet Secret Police NKVD under the
charge of being a member of a Polish patriotic organization.
Fortunately, two days after the outbreak of the German-Soviet war in
June 1941, he escaped from the prison. After the war he emigrated from
Lviv, which was incorporated into the Soviet Union, to Wroclaw, Poland,
he started studying in 1945 as one of the first students at Wroclaw
University and fell in love with physics.
His all scientific career was associated with Wroclaw University. He
received here the master degree in 1950, and five years later he
obtained his D.Sc. In 1959 he became a professor of physics at Wroclaw
University and worked here until 2006. During that time he was the Head
of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Dean of the Faculty of
Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
Lopuszanski first scientific investigations concerned problems in
statistical physics and he published a series of papers on statistical
theory of cascades of cosmic radiation. Then he became deeply engaged
in the foundations of quantum field theory and in physical symmetries.
A systematic study in that area resulted in several theorems concerning
charges of massive particles and no-go theorems for mixing the internal
and geometric symmetries. Around the year 1974 the supersymmetric
period of his research began. His papers in collaboration with R. Haag
and M. Sohnius provide a complete description of the supersymmetry
transformations discovered by J. Wess and B. Zumino. In connection with
his studies on supersymmetry Lopuszanski introduced two notions: The
notion of central charges, and together with D. Buchholz the notion of
non-local charges which played a crucial role in further developments
of quantum field theories.
The results he got are extensively quoted in the physical literature
and they obtained a permanent place in mathematical physics. For his
scientific achievements Jan Lopuszanski was awarded by numerous
distinctions and rewards. He was a member of the Polish Academy of
Sciences and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Prof. Jan Lopuszanski died on the 30th of April 2008 in Wroclaw.
A year before the ICMP
Almost exactly one year separates us from the opening of the next International Congress on Mathematical Physics, to be held in Prague on August 3-8, 2009, being traditionally preceded by the Young Researcher Symposium on July 31 - August 1. The first bulletin will be distributed soon and you can follow the preparations at the ICMP web page. Here is a brief summary of where we are now:
- Scientific programme: The International Scientific Committee
choose plenary speakers; most of them have already confirmed their
participation and their names will be announced soon. There will be
eleven topical sessions
which were devised as broad ones with various overlaps. Their
organizers were also chosen and most of them have already started
- Congress scope: The traditional fields will be represented in the programme as you can see already from the topical sessions
list. At the same time, the changing research landscape presents
various challenges to which we have to react. In particular, the
programme will contain a session named New Frontiers in Mathematical Physics and there will be a discussion event devoted to the future of our discipline.
- Contributed talks:
It is felt that the congress would benefit from a stronger bottom-up
component. It has been thus decided to return to a tradition that
existed up till 2000 by complementing the invited session talks by contributed ones.
These speakers will be chosen by the session organizers from the
proposals made by the participants; those not selected will be
presented as posters.
- Distinguishing achievements: Several prizes will be awarded during the ICMP and YRS. The most important and traditional among them is the Henri Poincaré Prize
sponsored by the Daniel Iagolnitzer Foundation [nomination deadline: November 30, 2008] the history can be found at the following address.
In addition, there will be new prizes, namely the IAMP Early Career Award [nomination deadline: February 3, 2009] and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics [nomination deadline soon: August 3, 2008]. More on all these distinctions can be found at the indicated web pages.
- Satellite meetings: two have are already been decided, other are under consideration. If you are thinking of having such a meeting, kindly contact kindly the local organizers.
Lars Onsagers Award
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology informs that this year's Lars Onsagers International Award for excellence in science in
chemistry, physics or mathematics to Professor Peter S.
Riseborough of Temple University, Philadelphia.
Here we mention forthcoming meetings supported by the IAMP (type B),
and others recognized by the IAMP (type C):
A new book