David J. Gross, Nobel laureate in physics, has been awarded the "Solvay Centenary Chair" in recognition of his outstanding scientific merits. On the 100th anniversary of the first Solvay Conference on Physics, the International Solvay Institutes created this special chair to recognize Gross' seminal contributions to particle physics and string theory.
The 100th anniversary conference, to be held in October, will celebrate the historical importance of the first international physics conference that took place in Belgium in 1911. The "Conseil de Physique Solvay" marked the differences between quantum and classical physics. Among his many activities at the conference, Gross will moderate a panel discussion on "The Future of Physics" and take part in a reading of "Copenhagen."