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Grant for recruiting Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics to Stockholm University

The Swedish Research Council has decided on grants for recruitments of international outstanding researchers, out of which the Department of Physics at Stockholm University has received a contribution to recruit Professor Frank Wilczek who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.

The Research Council has granted three applications of the 44 they received. The funding is for a period of ten years for each application.

60 million SEK to recruit Frank Wilczek.

Stockholm University has been awarded 60 million SEK to recruit Nobel Laureate in Physics 2004 Frank Wilczek, who is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Frank Wilczek is a prominent researcher in theoretical physics. His research concerns, among other areas, components of the mass of the universe. He has also contributed to groundbreaking research in the theory of black holes. The intention is to recruit Frank Wilczek to the Department of Physics, where he would mainly be active at the Oskar Klein Centre.

"This is extremely gratifying news. That Professor Frank Wilczek has announced that he would cooperate and contribute to research with us shows the high scientific level Stockholm University and the Department of Physics have achieved in theoretical physics" says Lars Bergström, retiring Director of the Oskar Klein Centre.

Oskar Klein Centre's new Director Ariel Goobar describes Professor Frank Wilczek as one of today's foremost theoretical physicists.

"Professor Wilczek joining the Oskar Klein Centre raises the Centre from being in the European front line to becoming world-class".

Frank Wilczek has previously served as a visiting researcher at the Nordic Physics Research Institute Nordita, positioned at AlbaNova in Stockholm, which has Stockholm University and KTH as the host institutions.

Stockholm University has received a further three applications granted by the Swedish Research Council call for international recruitment of outstanding researchers during the last year. All of these researchers are in physics and are now working at the Department of Physics and/or Nordita. The researchers are Professors Katherine Freese from the University of Michigan, Anders Nilsson from Stanford and John Wettlaufer from Yale.

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