Shinsei Ryu

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2015 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics

For fundamental ideas about entropy in quantum field theory and quantum gravity.


First of all, I would like to thank my loving family for their constant support and encouragement. I am also thankful to all my friends, collaborators, and mentors. My special thanks go to my long-term collaborator, Tadashi Takayanagi. Without his continuous guidance, this collaboration would not have been possible. I feel I am extremely lucky that I am doing my research in physics in such an exciting time, with a lot of surprising discoveries. I still vividly recall when I started my career as a graduate student studying condensed matter physics. I took joy in learning physics, but at that time my view on physics and science in general was rather narrow and limited, and I was at a loss as to what to do. However, with a lot of guidance from my friends and mentors, it has become clear that there is always something more than I know and more than I expect. Doing physics has been becoming much more fun over the past years, and I am certain that there is something deep and beautiful that is still waiting to be discovered!

Shinsei Ryu