Brian Greene Recognized as 2012 Recipient of the Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award
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College Park, Maryland, United States, October 20, 2011—The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that Brian Greene, Ph.D., has been selected to receive The Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award. Greene is recognized with the Award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators.
The Richtmyer Award will be presented to Dr. Greene at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, CA. Following the presentation, he will deliver a keynote address.
Beth Cunningham, AAPT Executive Officer, said, “Brian is a perfect fit for the Richtmyer Award. He is an outstanding physicist who is also an accomplished writer and communicator with the ability to explain his work and engage the public.”
Greene is a graduate of Harvard University where he majored in physics before attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. After completing his doctorate in 1990 he joined the Cornell University physics faculty. In 1996 he became a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University. Widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory, Greene is co-founder and director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics.
A popular lecturer and author, Greene’s first book, The Elegant Universe, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, and sold more than a million copies worldwide. His next book, The Fabric of the Cosmos spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list. The Hidden Reality, his latest book, explores the science of parallel universes and is also a New York Times bestseller.
Greene has made many media appearances from David Letterman to Charlie Rose and the NOVA special based on The Elegant Universe, hosted by Greene, was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won the Peabody Award and the French prix Jules Verne Award. A new four-part NOVA special based on The Fabric of the Cosmos, also hosted by Greene, will premier this November on PBS. His children’s story, Icarus at the Edge of Time, has been adapted for live symphonic presentation, with orchestral score by Philip Glass, and premiered at Lincoln Center.
Greene is the co-founder of The World Science Festival, the nation’s premier science celebration for the general public, which draws live audiences in the hundreds of thousands and has been hailed by the New York Times as a “new cultural institution.”
About the Award
The previous recipients of the Richtmyer Award include Kathryn Moler, Vera Rubin, Alex Filippenko, Arthur H. Compton, Enrico Fermi, Philip Morrison, and Steven Chu. The complete list of winners can be found at http://www.aapt.org/Programs/awards/richtmyer.cfm.