Nobel Presentation Ceremony

To: Members of the University Community
From: Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost of the University

Jonas Hafström, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, will visit the University on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10, to present the medal and diploma for the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics to Yoichiro Nambu, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute.

Though attendance at the ceremony is limited to invited guests, I invite you to join in this historic moment through a live telecast, which will be shown at Max Palevsky Auditorium in Ida Noyes Hall, beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting approximately 50 minutes.

The broadcast also can be seen on the campuswide IPTV network on CTV1 (for details on how to receive IPTV over University workstations with Ethernet connections, please see And it will be streamed live on the University's Web site.

The ceremony will feature remarks from President Zimmer, Ambassador Hafström and Prof. Nambu, who will deliver a talk titled "My Road to Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking."

Part of the ceremony will be devoted to rebroadcasting excerpts of the Nobel Prize ceremony taking place Wednesday morning in Stockholm, Sweden. Due to copyright restrictions, viewers of the Web stream will see a text screen during the official introduction of physics laureates, for approximately 15 minutes. For those who wish to see events in Stockholm, more information is available at

We welcome this opportunity to celebrate Prof. Nambu's landmark achievements, and reflect on his place in a long tradition of world-class scholarship at the University.