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CITA Associate Director Lev Kofman Honoured with Fellowship in American Physical Society

Recognized ``For seminal contributions to the theory of inflation''

Toronto, ON, Nov 26 -- Lev Kofman, Associate Director and Professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, was appointed a Fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his research work, and particularly his ``seminal contributions to the theory of inflation and preheating in the early universe, the role of cosmological constant on teh microwave background, and the emergence of the cosmic web from Gaussian density fluctuations''

The appointment of Kofman as a Fellow marks only the University of Toronto's 13th Fellowship since 1995, and the third for the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, with the current Director, Norm Murray, being appointed in 2006 and former Director and University Professor Richard Bond being recognized in 1998.

Annually, the physicists who comprise the membership of the American Physical Society elect at most one half of one percent of their peers to the rank of Fellow to mark the members ``significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.'' The society, founded in 1899, began the fellowship program began in 1995.

Lev Kofman received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1984 the Estonian Academy of Science, and has been a professor at the Institute since 1998. His recent work has explored issues in cosmology, the very early universe, inflation, large scale structure, and cosmology with extra dimensions.

About the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported, research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at

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Lev Kofman, CITA Professor
Published: November 26, 2007