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Name that physicist

  1. Feb 28, 2010 #1


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    I ran across this little gem, approximately 70 or so of the world's most famous physicist's.

    For those of you with Adobe Photoshop you can download the image, enhance, and blow up the faces in the rear. "i50.tinypic.com/npnrzm.jpg"[/URL]

    Your job is to identify by row, position, every face that can be viewed, I only see one face where the eyes, nose are not present... He is excluded, partially bald.

    And no cheating ! If you know of the conference they were attending, simply posting the roster doesn't cut it, you must match the face to the correct name.

    This should be interesting...

    Here is a template to use: from left to right, row 1 = front, bottom of the picture

    Row 8
    Row 7
    Row 6
    Row 5
    Row 4
    Row 3
    Row 2
    Row 1 Frank Wilczek, 7


    Rhody... :devil:
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  3. Mar 1, 2010 #2
    Row 8:
    Row 7:
    Row 6:
    Row 5:
    Row 4:
    Row 3:
    Row 2: Holger Nielsen, 7 (green shirt);
    Row 1: Frank Wilczek, 7; Gerard t'Hooft, 8;
  4. Mar 1, 2010 #3
    It's not really possible to identify all of them I believe, even themselves could not identify every single individual. Anyway, I'll take by order, this begins with an easy one :
    Row 1, Carlo Rovelli, 1;
    Row 7, humanino, 13;
  5. Mar 1, 2010 #4
    David Gross, 9 (not quite sure, but probable given position)
  6. Mar 1, 2010 #5


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    Where's the picture from? (I guess that would give away the game - so could you let us know eventually?)

    One of the people in it was a high school classmate of mine, who later did a post-doc under t'Hooft.
  7. Mar 1, 2010 #6


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    PM sent... Just play fair and keep it interesting is all that I ask, with all the mindpower on the this forum, I think it won't be long before we know all the major players at least.

    Once the primary players are found, the post doc's, etc... should be easy to spot.

  8. Mar 1, 2010 #7
    if there were numbers on each....

    or letters and numbers?

    (like a seating chart)?
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    Now that I think of it, I should have posted a legend for putting the physicist's in a row, lets assume from left to right.

    Think of it as this:

    Row: (name, position), (name, position), etc...

    Easy to keep it straight that way.

    Obviously in the back rows it will get a bit dicey, we may need another physical attribute to be sure of the position, hair color, gender, etc... because people are not in horizontal order.

    Niles already did that in post #2 above just to be sure.

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  10. Mar 1, 2010 #9
    Fifth from the right in the fourth(?) row reminds me of George Smoot, though I think that Smoot is a bit fatter. And the guy #6 in the second row (left of Nielsen) looks like Abhay Ashtekar. And I could swear that I've seen two guys to the right of Rovelli somewhere, but I can't place them now.

    P.S. and is the dark haired lady in the second row Renate Loll?

    P.P.S. on the second thought, #6 in the second row is not Ashtekar but Mohamed El Naschie.
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    Without photoshop or a good graphic program it is hard to tell, what I usually do is a screen grab, trim it, then using google images compare it to what a search turns up for confirmation, works quite nicely. The good news is this image is fairly high resolution so things blow up pretty well. This will work well for the main players, but the younger ones you will have to go to the primary's University home page and search the staff, fun huh ?

  12. Mar 1, 2010 #11
    I found the source of that photo, but that does not help much to identify people in the picture. At best you can get a partial list of people who attended the event (not all of them necessarily present in the picture!)

    Aside from the ones already mentioned in the thread, the picture may or may not contain the following physicists:

    Bernard de Wit
    Cecilia Jarlskog
    Kenneth Lane
    Roman Jackiw
    Anthony Zee
    Lee Smolin
    Jogesh Pati
    Alexander Polyakov
    Julius Wess
    Mikhail Shifman
    Luis Alvarez-Gaume
    John Schwarz
    Peter van Nieuwenhuizen
    Erik Verlinde
    Jean Iliopoulos
    Howard Georgi
    Hagen Kleinert
    Nathan Seiberg
    Andrei Linde
    Lawrence Krauss
    Sander Bais
    Leonard Susskind
    Robbert Dijkgraaf
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    Isn't El Naschie a crackpot..?
  14. Mar 1, 2010 #13
    Row 3, Leonard Susskind, around 7 (with dark sun glasses)

    I think I can spot Howard Georgi. From row 3 again, between 4 and 5 there is a woman behind in the middle of the two, with dark sun glasses again. Right behind this woman, one can see the top of a head with glasses. Long shot, but maybe Howard.
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  16. Mar 1, 2010 #15
    Yes, he did!

    BTW, there's definite resemblance between him and Ashtekar, at least to my
    eurocentric eye:

    prof_leggett_nobelprize_prof_el_naschie.jpg ashtekar.jpg
  17. Mar 1, 2010 #16


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    Well, I'm Indian (like Ashtekar), so I don't see it :smile: . El Naschie has a distinctly un-Indian appearance.
  18. Mar 1, 2010 #17
    I am not Indian, yet I agree with dx. There is definitely no resemblance at all, except maybe for their shirt.
  19. Mar 2, 2010 #18


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    What a jerk.
  20. Mar 2, 2010 #19

    Hans de Vries

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    It's the birthday party of this young man below.....:smile:


    Regards, Hans
  21. Mar 2, 2010 #20


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    Cute! Is that t'Hooft getting an early start on spinor dynamics?
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