My PhD supervisor just won the Nobel prize in physics – here’s how his research on complex systems changed science

My PhD supervisor just won the Nobel prize in physics – here’s how his research on complex systems changed science

My PhD supervisor just won the Nobel prize in physics – here’s how his research on complex systems changed science

October 5, 2021 9.32pm BST

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  1. Paolo BaruccaLecturer, Department of Computer Science, UCL

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The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2021 has been jointly awarded to Italy’s Giorgio Parisi, Japan’s Syukuro Manabe and Germany’s Klaus Hasselmann for their “groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems”.

When I heard the news, I could hardly believe it. I studied for my master’s thesis and my PhD in theoretical physics under Professor Parisi at Sapienza University in Rome.

My PhD supervisor just won the Nobel prize in physics – here’s how his research on complex systems changed science October 5, 2021 9.32pm BST Author Paolo Barucca Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, UCL

My PhD supervisor just won the Nobel prize in physics – here’s how his research on complex systems changed science