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EPS Historic Sites - The Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), located in Princeton, NJ-USA is one of the world’s foremost centers for curiosity-driven basic research. On 9 November 2016, the European Physical Society (EPS) and the American Physical Society (APS) were pleased to officially recognise the IAS as their first Joint Historic Physics Site in the United States. The text of the citation reads:

Honoring the pivotal contributions of the Institute for Advanced Study to the development of theoretical physics, including the work of Albert Einstein many others.

The IAS hosted an unveiling ceremony attended notably by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute, Homer Neal, President of the APS and C. Rossel, the President of the EPS. The ceremony was followed by a very interesting, informative and entertaining presentation by author and historian George Dyson on “The Institute for Advanced Study: The First 100 Years”.

The IAS has welcomed many world famous scholars, including Albert Einstein, one of the Institute’s first professors, who remained there from 1933 until his death in 1955. Also among the Institute’s past Faculty are distinguished scientists and scholars spanning a range of disciplines, including Robert Oppenheimer, Clifford Geertz, Kurt Gödel, Erwin Panofsky, Hermann Weyl, Hetty Goldman, Homer A. Thompson and John von Neumann. The APS-EPS Historic Site award shows that physics is a global endeavour, and puts the IAS in the company of the Einsteinhaus, the apartment where Einstein lived in Bern, Switzerland, from 1903 to 1905. The Einsteinhaus was the first European site to receive a joint APS-EPS designation, in September 2015.

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Director of the Institute Robbert Dijkgraaf, EPS president Christophe Rossel and APS President Homer Neal (FLTR)

The plaque in the building of the Institute for Advanced Study

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