Theory Colloquium: When a Symmetry Breaks
Hitoshi Murayama is an outstanding theoretical physicist working on a wide range of topics in the fields of particle physics and cosmology. The topics range from particle physics beyond the standard model, dark matter, dark energy, inflation and grand unification over collider physics to astronomy and neutrino physics. Hitoshi Murayama is particularly well known for the discovery of the so called anomaly mediated supersymmetry breaking (together with Gian Giudice, Markus Luty and Riccardo Rattazzi) and he is involved in the KamLAND neutrino experiment.
Hitoshi Murayama is MacAdams Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of Tokyo, and held postdoc positions at the University Tohoku and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 1995 he is at UC Berkeley where he became a full professor in the year 2000. From 2007 to 2018 he was the founding director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo. Since then he is still a professor at Kavli IPMU.
For his many contributions to physics, Hitoshi Murayama received numerous prizes and awards. In 2002 he obtained the Nishinomiya Yukawa Prize in Theoretical Physics, he is fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the Science Council of Japan and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016 he was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (as member of the KamLAND collaboration) and in 2017 he received a Humboldt Research Award.
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