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For his many contributions to the international physics community, including his creation of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), his directorship of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada, and his many lectures and publications
As the Director of Perimeter Institute, Neil Turok leads an international center for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. He also holds the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair at the Institute.
Through his leadership of both AIMS and Perimeter Institute, Turok has championed fundamental science not only as a means to important discoveries that will shape our technological future, but also as the path to a shared understanding of our universe and our place in it.
Over his career, Dr. Turok has amassed more than 242 publications and been recognized with numerous awards including the 1992 James Clerk Maxwell Medal, a 2008 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Prize, a 2008 World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award for Most Innovative Person (Social Innovation), and the 2010 World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) Award. He was selected to serve as Canada’s Massey Lecturer for 2012, with his lectures presented on CBC Radio and in the popular book The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos. He has also been chosen as the 2016 Gerald Whitrow Lecturer of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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