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Petra Christian University partners with The International Peace Foundation


Petra Christian University, in partnership with The International Peace Foundation, is pleased to host a Nobel Laureate for Physics as part of the foundation’s 6th ASEAN event series –“Bridges – Dialogues towards a Culture of Peace” in March 2017. Held for the first time in Indonesia, the event marks a continuation of the “Bridges” event series that has been facilitated by the foundation since 2003 across ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Continuing to uphold its mission to be a global and caring university, Petra Christian University is honored to serve as one of the foundation’s partner institutions, and to actively participate in promoting peace regionally and internationally through dialogues, communication, and most importantly, science.

Under the joint patronage of 20 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the International Peace Foundation aims to support scientific projects, particularly research into conflict prevention and resolutions. Based in Vienna, the non-profit foundation has been actively organizing Peace Summits which have been held in Europe since 1993, and initiating and facilitating the “Bridges” event series in many ASEAN countries.

As a part of the “Bridges” event series, Petra Christian University is proud to host Prof. Jerome Friedman who, along with his colleagues Prof. Henry W. Kendall and Prof. Richard E. Taylor, received the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics in 1990 for their revolutionary work on the internal structure of protons and neutrons. Prof. Friedman will deliver a keynote speech on how the search for the structure of the universe promotes peace and unifies the globe, offering a fresh perspective on the fundamental influence of science at the societal level. As science continues to advance, it is even more pressing for the academia to nurture science that makes a difference in all aspects of life, an aspiration that Petra Christian University will continue to carry in its mission.

Moving forward, Petra Christian University is honored to take part in The International Peace Foundation’s effort to encourage the advancement of science that brings the world society towards a better, more peaceful future. Please refer to The International Peace Foundation’s website for further information regarding the “Bridges” event series and other initiatives by the foundation.

Prof. Jerome Friedman: A Short Biography

Physics has been Prof. Jerome Friedman’s passion. Born in Chicago, Prof. Jerome Friedman became so interested in physics after reading Einstein’s book on relativity that he turned down a scholarship at the Art Institute of Chicago and studied physics at the University of Chicago instead. He studied physics under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Fermi, and earned his Ph.D. in 1956. After continuing his research career at the University of Chicago, Prof. Friedman joined the High Energy Physics Laboratory at Stanford University (1956-60) and then to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, where he became Associate Professor and in 1967 Full Professor of Physics.

Prof. Friedman continued to contribute to the field of physics by becoming the Director of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science at MIT and the head of the Physics Departments, also at MIT, from 1980 to 1988. He later returned to full-time teaching and research in 1988 and is currently an Emeritus Institute Professor at MIT. In fact, through his research with his colleagues, Prof. Henry W. Kendall and Prof. Richard E. Taylor, Prof. Friedman made a major contribution in physics by empirically supporting the hypotheses that the nucleons of protons and neutrons had an internal structure, earning them a Nobel Peace Prize in Physics in 1990.

Prof. Friedman’s contributions are not limited to physics. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the International Peace Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and AAAS. He has also been a member of advisory committees for the US Department of Energy and various laboratories and universities in the US and other countries. He currently serves on the boards of the STS Forum and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and the MIT Technology Review.


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