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Trent Alum Receives Canadian Association of Physicists Lifetime Achievement Medal

Ian AffleckOn Tuesday, June 13, Dr. Ian Affleck, a Trent alumnus and current professor in the Physics department at the University of British Columbia, was honoured by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) with the 2006 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics.

The prestigious medal, awarded on an annual basis in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinguished service to physics, acknowledges Dr. Affleck's influential work in the application of conformal field theory to quantum magnetism, spin chairs, the Kondo effect, and flux phases in superconductors.

Dr. Affleck graduated with a B.Sc. from Trent in 1975, after which he went on to complete his Master's degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

In an e-mail detailing his time in Peterborough, Dr. Affleck wrote, "I am grateful to Trent for the fine undergraduate education that I received there…Although arriving at Harvard for graduate studies immediately after graduating from Trent was a bit intimidating, I soon realized that I was better prepared than most of the other incoming graduate students. My Trent education provided an excellent basis for a career in theoretical physics research and teaching."

Dr. Affleck taught for six years at Princeton University before returning to Canada in 1987 to join the University of British Columbia as a professor and Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

One of the best-known Canadian physicists of his generation, Dr. Affleck has won virtually ever prize available to physicists, including: the Governor General's Medal (1975); the CAP Herzberg Medal (1990); the Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Medal in Physics (1991); the CAP/Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (1997); and the BC Science Council New Frontiers in Research Award (1998). In 1998, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree was conferred upon Dr. Affleck by Trent University.

Founded in 1945, the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is a professional association representing over 1,600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate and Departmental Members.

Posted June 16, 2006





























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