Frank Wilczek

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Date of Birth: 05/15/1951

Age: 65

Place of birth: New York

Citizenship: United States


Wilczek was born in Mineola in mixed Polish-Italian family. He graduated from public school in Queens, then school them. Van Buren. In 1970 he received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago. In 1972, a master`s degree in 1974 and a PhD (Candidate of Sciences) at Princeton University. In 2006, Wilczek is a professor of physics at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetchkom Centre for Theoretical Physics. He has also worked at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Institute for Theoretical Physics. Kavli in Santa Barbara. In 2002 he was awarded the Lorentz Medal.

In 1973, he married Betsy Devine. Two children - Amity and Peace.

In 1973, Wilczek, working as a graduate student with David Gross at Princeton University, discovered asymptotic freedom, according to which, the closer the quarks are to each other, the less the strong interaction (or color exchange) between them. When the quarks are very close to each other, then the nuclear force between them is so weak that quarks behave almost as free particles. This theory, open regardless David Politzer, was an important step in the development of quantum chromodynamics.

Wilczek contributed to the discovery and development of axions, anions, asymptotic freedom, the color superconducting phases of quark matter and other aspects of quantum field theory. He worked on an unusually wide range of issues - from condensed matter physics and astrophysics to elementary particle physics.

His current interests include:

"Pure" particle physics: the connection between theoretical ideas and observable phenomena

behavior of matter: ultra-high temperature, density and phase structure

the use of elementary particle physics in cosmology

the use of methods of field theory in condensed matter physics

quantum theory of black holes

In early 2005, he starred in a series of the comedy show "Penn & Teller" called "nonsense." It was about Ghostbusters, and Dr. Wilczek was brought in as an expert to refute paranormal pseudoscience.