Dirac Medal awarded to Professor Subir Sachdev
Last Tuesday night Professor Subir Sachdev from Harvard University, was awarded the Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics by UNSW and the Australian Institute of Physics. He also presented the Dirac Lecture on the topic of quantum entanglement and superconductivity.
The Dirac Medal was awarded to Professor Sachdev in recognition of his many seminal contributions to the theory of strongly interacting condensed matter systems: quantum phase transitions, including the idea of critical deconfinement and the breakdown of the conventional symmetry based Landau-Ginsburg-Wilson paradigm; the prediction of exotic 'spin-liquid' and fractionalized states; and applications to the theory of high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprate materials.
The Dirac Lecture and the Medal commemorate the visit to the university in 1975 of Professor Paul Dirac, who gave five lectures. The lectures were subsequently published as a book Directions of Physics. Professor Dirac donated the royalties from this book to the University for the establishment of the Dirac Lecture and Prize. The prize was first awarded in 1979.
Photo: Prof Subir Sachdev gives the Dirac lecture at UNSW. credit: Mike Gal