– Mansouri String Prize “for work done in Iran by a young Iranian
string theorist” was awarded to Mohammad Reza Garousi of Mashhad
University for work done in 1999 when he was in Birjand U. and was
an associate of IPM.
He was chosen by the International Advisory Committee of the
School of Physics of IPM in a meeting in Tehran on April 15th.
The committee members in Tehran meeting were Farhad Ardalan,
Alexander Belavin, Robert Brandenberger, Johnathan Ellis, Werner
Nahm and Ashoke Sen. Cumrun Vafa participated in the
meeting via telephone.
The citation of the award which was unanimous is:
IPM-Mansouri String Prize is
Mohammad Reza Garousi
For his insightful proposal of
an effective action for open string tachyons which has been useful
for the study of time-dependent tachyon configurations and
cosmological aspects of unstable D-branes.
This is a striking
example of the excellent research being produced by the new
generation of string theorists in Iran. (Award
IPM – Mansouri Prize was established in 2003 in memory of late
Freydoon Mansouri, Professor of University of Cincinnati in the U.S,
who passed away in April 2003. Freydoon Mansouri was an associate of
IPM and had collaborated with IPM researchers extensively.
In his memory a fellowship was also established for a
graduate student working for his or her Ph.D thesis in string
theory. The fellowship was awarded in 2005 to Mahdi Torabian of
Sharif University of Technology who is working under the supervision
of Mohammad Mehdi Sheikh-Jabbari of IPM.
The winner of the prize Mohammad Reza Garousi obtained
his B.S from Kerman University and Ms. from Sharif University with
his dissertation on an earthquake model. He attended McGill on a
Ministry of Science Fellowship and worked in string theory with
Robert C. Myers of McGill and obtained his Ph.D in 1996.
Upon return to Iran he was dispatched to Birjand
according to the requirements of the Ministry. His isolation in
Birjand was lessened by his association with IPM, where he would
fly to Tehran once every two weeks to participate in research
activities of IPM.
The work for which the prize was given was done during this period.
Subsequently he moved to Mashhad University in 2001 and has been
able to stablish a promising string theory group in Mashhad.