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American Physical Society Elects Distinguished Professor Eugene Chudnovsky as FIP Officer

March 10, 2011

Professor Eugene Chudnovsky

The American Physical Society has elected Distinguished Professor of Physics Eugene Chudnovsky as an officer in its Forum on International Physics. In this new role, which he began in January and will continue for the next three years, Professor Chudnovsky plans to work on promoting greater cooperation with physicists in Arab countries, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The chief goal of the Forum on International Physics is to advance the knowledge of physics. To this end, it brings together physicists from around the world to engage in a dialogue about major scientific issues of international importance.

Professor Chudnovsky says he learned about the American Physical Society's (APS) involvement in international affairs thirty years ago when he wanted to leave the U.S.S.R. for political reasons, but instead found himself jobless and without access to physics libraries necessary for his research. His colleagues at the APS were instrumental in helping him continue his work. When he emigrated to the U.S. in 1987, he served as director of the APS Program for Refugee Scientists.

Over the years, Professor Chudnovsky also has served as chair of the APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists, chair of the Committee on Human Rights of Scientists at the New York Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee of Concerned Scientists.

Born in Leningrad, he was educated at Kharkov University in the Ukraine, where he received his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in theoretical physics. His research focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics.