On the occasion of Miklos Gyulassy’s 70th birthday and in celebration of his scientific endeavors, we would like to hold a symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on March 18, 2019. It has been more than a decade since the experimental discoveries at RHIC of the Quark Gluon Plasma phase of the QCD matter based on the energy, nuclear size, and centrality dependence of observables such as the bulk entropy production, collective flow systematics, and jet quenching. High quality experimental data from RHIC and LHC have presented new challenges to theorists, and the uniqueness of the current theoretical paradigm remains a pressing open problem. This symposium will reflect on the past, discuss the present, and look to the future of heavy ion physics.
Born in Szolnok, Hungary, in 1949, Miklos immigrated to US with his mother in 1956 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1964 in the San Francisco bay area. He went to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and obtained his B.A. in physics in June 1970 with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship”. Miklos continued his graduate study in UC Berkeley with W. J. Swiatecki and E. Wichmann as his advisors and obtained his Ph. D. in physics in 1974.
Miklos took his first postdoctoral position at University of Frankfurt in 1974 for two years and became a postdoctoral fellow in Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1976. He was appointed as a Divisional Fellow in the Nuclear Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1978 and became a Senior Staff Scientist there in 1981. In 1993 he moved to Columbia University as a full professor in physics, and since the end of 2015 he is a retired Professor Emeritus of Physics at Columbia University.
Miklos won the Alexander von Humboldt Senior US Scientist Award in 1986, E. O. Lawrence Memorial Award in 1987 and Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics in 2015. He was elected to the Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1990 and a Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1998. He is also the recipient of Hungarian Government Order of Merit Officer's Cross in 2015.