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Physicist Alexei Starobinsky Joins SFI’s Board of Trustees

Russian Academy of Sciences scholar Alexei Alexandrovich Starobinsky, a leading Russian theoretical physicist, author of works on gravitation and cosmology and one of the creators of the theory of cosmic inflation – a modern theory on the origins of the universe – has become a member of SFI’s Board of Trustees.
Академик Алексей Старобинский
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Alexei Alexandrovich has been a constant participant in SFI’s “Physics and Theology” Symposia since 2013. In June 2017 the scholar joined the SFI Board of Trustees.

Alexei Starobinsky is the head scientist at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), was named a RAN Scholar in 2011, and is a member of the the Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences). On the 2nd of May 2017, he was also elected a foreign member of the US Academy of Sciences.

Together with Allan Gut and Andrei Linde, Starobinsky developed a theory of the early universe with de Sitter (inflationary) stages and made a series of important discoveries in this field. In 1991, he worked as a visiting scholar and researcher at the Ecole Normale (Paris), in 2006 he worked at the Henri Poincare Institute, in 1994 and 2007 he worked at the Yukava Institute of Kyoto University, and in 2000-01 he worked at the Early Universe Scientific Research Centre of Tokyo University.

Alexei Starobinsky is a member of the editorial boards of the largest scientific journals in the fields of cosmology and astrophysics (“Gravitation and Cosmology”,“International Journal of Modern Physics D”, the “Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics” and others). He is a laureate of the Alexander Friedman Prize of the Russian Academy of Science (1996), the Tomalla Prize (Switzerland, 2009), the Oscar Klein Medal of the Academy of Sciences of the Swedish Crown and Stockholm University (2o10), the Amaldi Medal of the Italian Gravitation Society (in 2012, together with Vyacheslav Mukhanov), the Gruber Prize in Cosmology (in 2013, together with Vyacheslav Mukhanov), the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics (2014) and the Andrei Sakharov Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2016).

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