Alexander Zamolodchikov

Alexander Borisovich Zamolodchikov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Бори́сович Замоло́дчиков; born September 18, 1952) is a Russian physicist, known for his contributions to condensed matter physics, two-dimensional conformal field theory, and string theory, and is currently the C.N. Yang/Wei Deng Endowed Chair of Physics at Stony Brook University.


Born in Novo-Ivankovo, now part of Dubna, Zamolodchikov earned a M.Sc. in nuclear engineering (1975) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a Ph.D. in physics from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (1978). He joined the research staff of Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (1978) where he got an honorary doctorate (1983).

He co-authored the famous BPZ paper "Infinite Conformal Symmetry in Two-Dimensional Quantum Field Theory",[1] with Alexander Polyakov and Alexander Belavin.[1][2]

He joined Rutgers University (1990) where he co-founded Rutgers New High Energy Theory Center, and was named Board of Governors Professor (2005).[3]

In 2016, he became the inaugural holder of the C. N. Yang/Wei Deng Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University.[4]

He is the twin brother of the late Alexei Zamolodchikov (1952–2007), also a noted physicist.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Belavin AA; Polyakov AM; Zamolodchikov AB (1984). "Infinite conformal symmetry in two-dimensional quantum field theory". Nucl. Phys. B. 241 (2): 333–80. Bibcode:1984NuPhB.241..333B. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(84)90052-X.
  2. ^ "Princeton celebrates Polyakov's 60th". CERN Courier (March 1): 2. 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  3. ^ Alexander Zamolodchikov Named Board of Governors Professor of Physics Archived 2016-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Stony Brook Physics & Astronomy: News". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  5. ^ Alexei Zamolodchikov 1952–2007 Archived 2018-01-14 at the Wayback Machine from CERN (January 1, 2008)
  6. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14.