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January 10, 2007

Dr. Alex Vilenkin, Professor of Physics, and Director, Tufts Institute of Cosmology, Tufts University, 1-11-07


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Dr. Alex Vilenkin has been doing research in cosmology for more than 25 years and has introduced a number of novel ideas to the field. He has published over 170 research papers, a monograph on “cosmic defects”, and a popular book, Many Worlds in One: the Search for Other Universes. Dr. Vilenkin is best known for his theories of eternal cosmic inflation, creation of the universe from nothing, and for his ground-breaking work on cosmic strings. He has also studied the implications of the possible existence of multiple universes.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Vilenkin got his undergraduate degree in 1971, but was denied employment requiring any level of education, because he was blacklisted by the KGB. He was drafted in the army and then worked some menial jobs, including a night guard in a zoo, living below poverty level and doing physics research in his spare time. He immigrated to the US in 1976 and got his Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo the following year. After spending another year as a post-doc at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he joined the faculty of Tufts University where he is currently a Professor of Physics. Dr. Vilenkin also serves as Director of the Tufts Institute of Cosmology.

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