Profile of Claudio Bunster
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 , he showed that after a black hole swallows a magnetic monopole, the space-time singularity starts rotating.
KeywordsBlack Hole Magnetic Monopole Military Government Black Hole Candidate Extreme Challenge
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