Enthusiastic Brights (Page 5)

Dan Hooper 

Dan Hooper is an Associate Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology, and includes work on dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, cosmic rays, and theories with extra dimensions of space. He has authored two books, Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force, and Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy.

Raoul Tommasi Crudeli 

Former environment impacts professor now teams with his son in a firm that deals with solving environmental problems and slowing climate change. A traveller, writer in different languages, and public speaker, he is inventor of Poppi “City of Tolerance” on the Moon (www.poppimoon.com). Raoul was a consciencious objector to military service in 1972 due to his personal beliefs. As a strong backer of secular tradition and freedom of conscience, he has for over 20 years been honoring the memory of his ancestor, Tommaso Crudeli, one of the earliest freethinkers, imprisoned until death in the Roman Inquisition (www.crudeli.org).

Vinod Wadhawan 

After retiring as Outstanding Scientist and Head, Laser Materials Division, Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, Dr. Vinod Wadhawan is holding the prestigious Raja Ramanna Fellowship at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal PHASE TRANSITIONS. Vinod has written two books: Introduction to Ferroic Materials (2000), and Smart Structures: Blurring the Distinction between the Living and the Nonliving (2007). His current interest is in complexity, on which he has been writing a series of articles for the layperson, trying to ‘simplify complexity’! His aim is to emphasize the fact that the origin of life, and of much else, has a rational and natural (rather than supernatural) explanation in terms of the evolution of complexity in Nature.

AC Grayling 

Anthony Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects. For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and now writes a column for the Times. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He is a Trustee of the London Library, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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