Dr. Neil Turok Appointed Executive Director Of Perimeter Institute

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Dr. Neil Turok Appointed Executive Director of Perimeter Institute

WATERLOO, May 9 /CNW-AsiaNet/  --

     The Board of Directors of Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical

Physics (PI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Neil Turok to the

position of Executive Director. The appointment, effective October 1st, comes

with the unanimous endorsement of the Institute's Board following an

extensive search and the unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee

composed of Perimeter Institute researchers, members of its international

Scientific Advisory Committee and members of the Institute's Board of


     Mike Lazaridis, the founder of Perimeter Institute and Chairman of the

Board, personally led the successful search and says, "We are extremely

pleased to welcome Professor Turok to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is a

world-renowned scientist of the highest calibre and provides tremendous

research and leadership experience. He is ideally suited to build upon

Perimeter Institute's considerable international achievements to date in

scientific research and educational outreach as we move forward in our next,

ambitious phase of development."

     Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Turok says, "I am thrilled and

honored to serve as the next Executive Director of Perimeter Institute, or

PI. The Institute's innovative approach, its flexibility and its

determination to tackle the most basic questions are already attracting the

world's most brilliant students and researchers to Canada. Working with the

excellent PI team, I hope to strengthen these developments so that PI becomes

a world epicenter for theoretical physics, catalysing major scientific


     Professor Stephen Hawking, the internationally acclaimed scientist at

the University of Cambridge and a close colleague of Dr. Turok, says, "Neil

Turok will make an excellent Director of the Perimeter Institute which has

established itself as a world leading center of research in theoretical

physics. He has been a colleague of mine for a number of years and I have

been very impressed by his insight and originality. The combination of Neil

and PI is brilliant and holds great promise for the future."

     For complete details about Dr. Turok's appointment, visit

     In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter

Institute continues to be a successful example of public and private

collaboration in science research and education. A full history is available

SOURCE  Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

      CONTACT: John Matlock, 

               Director of External Relations and Outreach, 

               at jmatlock@perimeterinstitute.ca

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