Top Canadian superstring theorist, Rob Myers of PI, inducted into Royal Society

Rob Myers, Faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (just outside Toronto) has been named a Royal Society of Canada Fellow. Prof. Myers is only 1 of 10 distinguished scientists accepted into the Mathematical and Physical Scientists division this year.

Robert Myers is an outstanding theoretical physicist whose research, characterized by deep physical insights and originality, has made him Canada's most renowned string theorist and places him among the highest ranks of string theorists around the world. His highly-cited groundbreaking contributions in gravitational physics and string theory include:

  • Pioneering research on gravity in higher dimensions/black holes
  • The discovery of the "Myers effect" in M-theory
  • Work showing that cosmic superstrings may leave an observable imprint in the sky
  • The Royal Society membership follows a distinguished record of awards and recognition for Meyers including:

  • The 2005 CAP/CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
  • The 1999 CAP Herzberg medal
  • Top prizes in the annual Gravity Research Foundation Prize Essay Competition

This is the same competition that famed scientist Stephen Hawking once won.

Rob has since taken top spot on two separate occasions!

Interaction with the international community is a strong focus of Rob's work. He was a co-organizer of Strings 2005, and a member of the international advisory committee for Strings 2006, recently held in Beijing.

Widely credited with being instrumental in building string theory within Canada, Myers was among the first researchers hired by Perimeter Institute in 2001. He received his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1986, after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Professor of Physics at McGill University.


About PI:

Perimeter Institute is an independent, non-profit research centre where international scientists are clustering to push the limits of our understanding of physical laws by contemplating and calculating new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The Institute also provides a wide array of educational outreach activities for students, teachers and the general public across Canada and beyond in order to share the joys of creative inquiry, research, discovery and innovation. Further details are available online at

About the Royal Society of Canada:

The Society is a national organization comprised of preeminent Canadians who have been selected for outstanding contributions in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science. More information can be found on the Society's homepage at

For additional information about Rob Meyers or Perimeter Institute please contact:

Nafeesa Ladha

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
(519) 569-7600 ext. 8142

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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