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First Prize Winner of the Nishina Asia Award

The Nishina Memorial Foundation has given the first Nishina Asia Award in 2013 to Dr. Shiraz Minwalla, a professor at the Dept. of Theoretical Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, for "his seminal work which uncovered the deep relation between the equations of fluid dynamics and Einstein's equations of General Relativity." (Refer to "Nonlinear Fluid Dynamics from Gravity", S. Bhattacharyya, V. E. Hubney, S. Minwalla, and M. Rangamani, JHEP 0802, 045 (2008).)

The Nishina Asia Award was established in 2012 as one of the activities of the Nishina Memorial Foundation (http://www.nishina-mf.or.jp) which aims to recognize outstanding achievements by young Asian scientists in the field of fundamental physics early in their careers. The award will be granted to one young scientist every year. A medal and monetary prize of JPY 400,000 will be awarded to the recipient. The recipient will be invited to universities and institutions in Japan for a period of up to two weeks, in order to present talks on his/her work.

The late Dr. Yoshio Nishina was a key figure in the development of modern physics in Japan during the 1920's-40's and fostered a young generation of Japanese scientists including Nobel laureates Hideki Yukawa and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Dr. Nishina is widely recognized as the founding father of atomic and nuclear physics in Japan. After his passing, the Nishina Memorial Foundation was founded in 1955 with the objectives of promoting physics in Japan, encouraging young and talented scientists, and furthering the exchange of science and culture between Japan and other countries.

Dr. Shiraz Minwalla

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