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"Thank you to those who built the Physics Department in Sherbrooke from scratch. Thank you to my colleagues, students and postdocs in Sherbrooke and elsewhere. I consider this prize as the recognition of the discoveries that were made possible by our joint efforts and the sharing of our ideas."

Ottawa, April 20th, 2001 - The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) are pleased to announce that the 2001 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics will be awarded to A.-M. Tremblay, a Professor of Physics at the University of Sherbrooke, for his outstanding contributions to theoretical condensed matter physics, including progress on the challenging problem of understanding the behavior of strongly correlated electron systems.

André-Marie Tremblay is well known for his original contributions to the theory of solids over the last twenty years. He has developed several theoretical methods aimed at predicting the behavior of electrons in, among other things, metals, disordered materials, and superconductors. He is one of the inventors of the multifractal concept, inspired by Mandelbrot's fractal geometry and applied to the percolation phenomenon in disordered media. His more recent work on the effect of electron-electron interactions in solids has contributed to our understanding of high-temperature superconductivity. In particular, he has developed efficient theoretical methods for the study of physical systems in which conduction electrons are strongly correlated, that is, in which they interact too strongly to be treated as free particles, but not strongly enough to be completely localized.

A.-M. Tremblay received his B.Sc. from the University of Montreal (1974) and his Ph.D. from the Massachussets Institute of Technology (1978). Following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University, he joined the Physics department of the University of Sherbrooke. He is the author of over one hundred publications in well-known scientific journals. He was awarded the Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists in 1986, a Steacie Fellowship from NSERC in 1987, and a Killam Fellowship from the Arts Council from 1992 to 1994. He is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and holds a senior Canada Research Chair on Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Sherbrooke.

The annual CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics was first introduced in 1995. Dr. Tremblay will receive the 2001 Prize during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at the University of Victoria on June 19th, 2001.

The Centre de recherches mathématiques is a national research centre in mathematics and theoretical physics jointly supported by the federal government, the province of Quebec, and the Université de Montréal where it is based. Among the activities of the CRM are thematic years, summer schools, workshops, seminars, and the publication of monographs, proceedings, and lecture notes in mathematics and physics.

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

For more information, please contact:
Canadian Association of Physicists
Tel: (613) 562-5614 Fax: (613) 562-5615

or Centre de recherche mathématiques
Tel: (514) 343-7501 Fax: (514) 343-2254

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