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A symposium celebrating the life and science of
Professor Vijay Pandharipande,
August 7, 1940 - January 3, 2006.
Loomis Laboratory of Physics, Urbana, Illinois
This symposium celebrated the life and contributions of Vijay Pandharipande, our dear friend and colleague, who unfortunately passed away in January 2006. Vijay was the leading figure of his generation in the development of the nuclear many-body problem. His seminal research program to describe nuclear systems in terms of elementary two and three-body interactions of the constituent nucleons lead to a state-of-the-art comprehensive, quantitative and reliable theory of nuclei, neutron matter, and neutron stars, as well as strongly interacting atomic and condensed matter systems. Vijay remained throughout his life the center of a close scientific family, including the new generation of nuclear and many-particle theorists he trained, and his other coworkers. This symposium was intended to bring together his scientific family and other friends, not only to overview his manifold contributions, but to look forward to nuclear and condensed matter physics made all the richer by Vijay.
Friday, September 29
Saturday, September 30
Gordon Baym (Urbana), Introduction: Vijay and Urbana
Bob Wiringa (Argonne), Vijay Pandharipande on Nuclear Matter and Nuclear Forces
Chris Pethick (Nordita), Vijay: Scientist, Colleague, Friend, Human Being
Tony Leggett (Urbana), 2003 Nobel Laureate, Vijay and Condensed Matter Physics (especially cold atoms)
Joe Carlson (Los Alamos), Vijay Pandharipande and Few-Body Physics
Ingo Sick (Basel), Vijay Pandharipande: Correlations and Inclusive Scattering
Wick Haxton (U. Washington), Looking to the Future: Nuclear Intersections with New Physics
If you have any photos of Vijay which you would be willing to share, we would appreciate receiving electronic or hard copies.
We will scan them for our department files and provide copies to the AIP Emilio Segré Visual Archives collection;
the originals will be returned to you. Kindly send photos to
Celia Elliott by email to email@example.com, or by postal mail to:
Loomis Laboratory of Physics
1110 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801-3080
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