Profile of Claudio Bunster

  • Marc Henneaux
  • Jorge Zanelli
Conference paper

In life and work, Claudio Bunster prefers extreme challenges. Bunster, a physicist who contemplates brain-warping theories of space and time, returned to his native Chile from the United States precisely when most intellectuals would have stayed clear - during the middle of the Pinochet dictatorship. Shut out of the universities by the military government, he broke the conventional mold by founding a research institute that he then moved from Santiago, the capital, to Valdivia in southern Chile, against the flow of minds and money. He led the presidential science advisory committee during the administration of Eduardo Frei, and served on the Dialogue Board of Human Rights to reconcile Chilean military and civil society.

For his achievements, Bunster was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. In his Inaugural Article, which appeared in the July 24, 2007 issue of PNAS [1], he showed that after a black hole swallows a magnetic monopole, the space-time singularity starts rotating.


Black Hole Magnetic Monopole Military Government Black Hole Candidate Extreme Challenge 
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  1. 1.
    Bunster C, Henneaux M (2007) A monopole near a black hole. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 104:12243–12249.MATHCrossRefADSMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Wheeler JA, Feynman RP (1945) Interaction with the absorber as the mechanism of radiation. Rev Mod Phys 17:157–181.CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
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    Wheeler JA (1962) Geometrodynamics (Academic Press, New York).MATHGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physique théorique et mathématiqueUniversité Libre de Bruxelles Service Chimie PhysiqueBelgium
  2. 2.Centro de Estudios CientíficosChile

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