Nexus of Great Minds
IAS is dedicated to serving as an intellectual hub for prominent scholars and talented researchers. This academic year, we are pleased to welcome Nobel laureate Prof George Smoot, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, who is joining us as IAS Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large. Prof Smoot, currently Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, is a renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist who made a huge impact on the models of cosmic inflation and the Big Bang Theory. He co-leads the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) team with Prof John Mather, co-winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, focusing on the discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Prof Smoot is our 4th IAS faculty member, and this spring he will have his first residence at IAS to interact with HKUST faculty members and students.
IAS also welcomed new Junior and Postdoctoral Fellows on 9 October 2015 at the annual orientation session. Attended by almost 30 young scholars from around the world including Finland, Iran and Japan, the session not only facilitated fruitful interactions among them but also enhanced their understanding of the Institute. Chatting over tasty sweets and savories, attendees discussed their academic aspirations and swapped stories with their new friends.