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Renata Elizaveta Kallosh (1943, Chernowitz, Ukraine, former Soviet Union)

Renata Elizaveta Kallosh
Renata Elizaveta Kallosh
  • Renata Kallosh studied Physics at the Moscow State University, obtained her PhD and worked as a professor at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow and worked at CERN, Switzerland.
  • Currently she works as professor of Physics at Stanford University, California.
  • She is a renowned expert on string theory, gravity, black holes, cosmology of the early universe and properties of dark energy. In addition, she is one of the inventors of the attractor mechanism in black hole physics.
  • She received a great many awards, from all over the world, including the Humboldt International Award and the Lise Meitner Prize of the Göteborg University and Chalmers.
  • Recent publications:
    • Cosmological Attractor Models and Higher Curvature Supergravity (2014)
    • More on Universal Superconformal Attractors (2014)
    • Planck 2013 and Superconformal Symmetry (2014)
  • Renata Kallosh was nominated for the honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) because of her great influence on the field of theoretical physics and because she is an inspiration to a whole generation.

Renata Kallosh is known as one of the most famous experts in the field of theoretical physics. Her contributions to string theory have been extensive and she was instrumental in describing one of the first models of accelerated expansion of the universe. She is also one of the inventors of the attractor mechanism ruling black holes.

Back in the seventies, while she was still working in the former Soviet Union, Stephen Hawking met her at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow and invited her to Cambridge. In 1988 she left Russia to work at CERN for two years, before accepting a professorship at Stanford University, where she combines her research with teaching classes.

In general she is known for her work on string theory models, quantum gravity and black holes and their applications to cosmology and the accelerated expansion of the universe. One of her most successful papers about the accelerated expansion of the universe in string theory in 2003 was cited more than a thousand times in the Web of Science. Nowadays she is studying the quantum properties of extended supergravity and dark energy as well as the properties of the early universe.  

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