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Bahram Mashhoon Recognized for his Career Achievements

Bahram Mashhoon

Physics Professor Bahram Mashhoon is a 2013 recipient of the President’s Award for Sustained Excellence given by the University of Missouri System. The award recognizes faculty for distinguished career-long sustained excellence in scholarship, research, or creativity over a period of 15 or more years. Two awards are given each year, and each recipient receives a $5,000 cash prize.  

“I am grateful that my work has been recognized by the university,” says Mashhoon. “Thanks to the continuous support of the university, I have been able to concentrate on my research in relativity theory, gravitational physics, and cosmology.”

Mashhoon has been at MU for 27 years and has made lasting contributions to the field of gravitational physics and general relativity during that time. His many achievements include the discovery of the spin-rotation-gravity coupling, now known as the ‘Mashhoon effect,’ and the gravitomagnetic clock effect.

"Following the discovery of spin-rotation-gravity coupling, I have focused my efforts on developing non-local generalizations of Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity,” says Mashhoon. “Non-local gravity appears to simulate dark matter, and I hope to explain dark matter as a manifestation of non-local gravity.”

Five years ago, a Festschrift (a collection of original and refereed articles by researchers in his field) honoring Mashhoon was published as two separate volumes in the journal General Relativity and Gravitation.

“This wonderful collection of papers, written by his many friends, collaborators, and relativity experts around the world, gives testament to the breadth, depth, and scope of his scientific work,” says Samuel Werner, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of Physics.

Mashhoon also dedicates his time to enhancing the knowledge of MU students. Shortly after coming to MU, he started the Astrophysics-Relativity seminars that are still held every Tuesday afternoon. The purpose is to provide a platform for the exchange of research findings and ideas between the physics and mathematics departments. Many doctoral students take the opportunity to give talks at the seminars, which helps them practice their skills in organizing their ideas and presenting before a knowledgeable audience.

“Bahram is a modest, brilliant, and deeply respected physicist in the international community of relativity gravitation and astrophysics,” says Werner. “He has served on many important international committees and organizations, which makes him an excellent recipient of this award.”

By Laura Lindsey, College of Arts and Science
May 13, 2013