John Iliopoulos (Greek language: Ιωάννης Ηλιόπουλος; 1940, Kalamata) is a Greek physicist and the first person to present the Standard Model of particle physics in a single report. He is best known for his prediction of the charm quark with Sheldon Lee Glashow and Luciano Maiani (the "GIM mechanism").[1] He is currently an honorary member of Laboratory of theoretical physics of École Normale Supérieure, Paris.

In 2002, Iliopoulos was the first recipient of the Aristeio prize, which has been instituted to recognize Greeks who have made significant contributions towards furthering their chosen fields of science. Iliopoulos and Maiani were jointly awarded the 1987 Sakurai Prize for theoretical particle physics. In 2007 Iliopoulos and Maiani received the Dirac Medal of the ICTP "(f)or their work on the physics of the charm quark, a major contribution to the birth of the Standard Model, the modern theory of Elementary Particles."


1979 Matteucci Medal, Accademia Nazionale dei XL
1987 Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society
1996 Doctor honoris causa, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille
2007 Dirac Medal, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

See also

GIM mechanism


^ S. L. Glashow, J. Iliopoulos, and L. Maiani (1970). "Weak Interactions with Lepton-Hadron Symmetry". Phys. Rev. D2 (7): 1285. Bibcode 1970PhRvD...2.1285G. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.2.1285.

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