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In Spring 2013 we welcome three Origins Project Distinguished Visiting Professors including Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman, and Booker Prize-winning novelist, Ian McEwan.
Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek will be in residence January 2013. Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for work he did when he was just 21 years old as a graduate student. Among his notable accomplishments and contributions to the scientific community are the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the exploration of new kinds of quantum statistics (anyons).
Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist Sidney Altman will be in residence March 2013. Altman won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work he completed on the catalytic properties of RNA. Altman is currently the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University.
Booker prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan will be in residence in March/April 2013. McEwan, CBE, has received numerous literary awards including the Booker for his novel Amsterdam. He has also received the WH Smith Literary Award, National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award, Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel.