The Swedish Research Council announced yesterday that a grant application to recruit the 2004 Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek to the Physics Department at Stockholm University was approved. This is extremely exciting news – also for the Oskar Klein Centre.
Frank Wilczek is one of the founders of the theory of strong interaction of particles and has proposed the existence of the axion, among the main particle candidates to explain the cosmic dark matter, and related physics of the early Universe. He is also an expert on physics tested with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Furthermore, he has made groundbreaking contributions to the theory of black holes. Clearly, Frank’s presence would contribute significantly to propel the Oskar Klein Centre to a world rank research environment.
Warm congratulations to Frank and every physicist in the Stockholm area. This could be the beginning of a new era for fundamental physics in Sweden, reminiscent of the golden days when Oskar Klein was a professor in town!