Luboš Motl

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Luboš Motl
Lubos Motl in 2011.jpg
Luboš Motl in 2011
Born (1973-12-05) 5 December 1973 (age 40)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic)
Fields Theoretical Physics, String Theory
Alma mater Charles University, Rutgers University
Doctoral advisor Tom Banks

Luboš Motl (born December 5, 1973) is a Czech theoretical physicist by training who was an assistant professor at Harvard University from 2004 to 2007. His scientific publications focused on string theory.

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Motl was born in Plzeň, present-day Czech Republic. He received his master degree from the Charles University in Prague, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rutgers University and has been a Harvard Junior Fellow (2001–2004) and assistant professor (2004–2007) at Harvard University. In 2007, he left Harvard and returned to the Czech Republic.

Despite being an undergraduate at a Czech university where none of the faculty specialized in string theory, Motl came to the attention of a noted string theorist, Professor Thomas Banks, in 1996 when he "scooped" Banks with an arXiv posting on matrix string theory.[1] While at Harvard, he worked on the pp-wave limit of AdS/CFT correspondence, twistor theory and its application to gauge theory with supersymmetry, black hole thermodynamics and the conjectured relevance of quasinormal modes for loop quantum gravity, deconstruction, and other topics. He is the author of L'équation Bogdanov, a 2008 French-language book discussing the scientific ideas and controversy of the Bogdanov brothers.[2]

He writes a science and politics blog called "Luboš Motl's Reference Frame," which has been described as an "over-the-top" defense of string theory.[3] He characterizes himself as an atheist.[4] Motl is known[by whom?] for his controversial political views that he expresses in his blog entries.[citation needed] He opposed the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution and approved of ″Yanukovytch who moved the money to safety in order to protect them against the violent unemployed mostly fascist rabble.″[5] Motl views Russia's possible intervention in Ukraine in the light of ″Ukraine's membership in the Russian military sphere of interest″ and ″Russia's continuing rights to Ukraine.″ In contrast, he is of the opinion, that ″German-speaking powers [have] lost the geopolitical rights to the Czech lands″, so the German occupation of Czechoslovakia 1938-1939 was an attack on them and the western allies.[6]

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