2015 Medal Winners | francais

The 2015 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

is awarded to

Charles Gale

"I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award, and I am grateful to the CAP and to the CRM for their sponsorship, and to my peers for their support. I gladly share this recognition with my family, and my students and collaborators, past and present." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) are pleased to announce that the 2015 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is awarded to Charles Gale, McGill University, in recognition of for his distinguished original research contributions to three areas of theoretical nuclear physics: the determination of the equation of state from medium energy heavy ion collisions, the use of photons, lepton pairs and jets as probes of the hot and dense matter formed in high energy heavy ion collisions, and the implementation of a state-of-the-art computer code for 3+1 dimensional second-order viscous relativistic fluid dynamics for heavy ion collisions. announcement

Charles Gale made seminal theoretical work in theoretical subatomic physics, in particular in the field of relativistic nuclear collisions and of finite-temperature field theory. He made many original contributions to the knowledge of the dense nuclear matter equation of state, and to transport theory in nuclear reactions at high energies. He is well known for his pioneering work on the emission of electromagnetic radiation from the strongly interacting plasma formed in the relativistic collisions of heavy nuclei. His recent work is on 3+1 dimensional relativistic viscous hydrodynamics, an approach that has become the cornerstone of the modern modeling of relativistic nuclear collisions. Professor Gale has also co-authored an authoritative textbook on field theories at finite temperature, a text that has established itself as the standard reference in its field, and that it is used by a wide spectrum of the astrophysics, nuclear and particle physics communities. nominator citation

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