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My Own Legends - Jainendra Jain
Jainendra Jain
Busy with Jainendra Jain for last few days...
Well,  for me he is a legend, need to know more google his name,,,  here is  a small page I got on him from a website.

Jainendra Jain
Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics

Theoretical physicist Jainendra Jain became interested in physics as a youth in India while reading about quantum mechanics. Among his large family and group of friends from his home, he is the only scientist.

Years at Penn State: 3

Professional background: Penn State (1998-present, professor); State University of New York-Stony Brook (1989-1998, professor / associate professor / assistant professor); Yale University (1988-1989, associate research scientist); University of Maryland (1986-1988, research associate)

Academic background: Doctoral degree in physics, SUNY-Stony Brook (1985); Master’s in physics, Indian Institute of Technology (1981); Bachelor’s in physics, Rajasthan University (1979)

Away from his office and away from physics, Jainendra Jain admits he wastes little effort trying to find answers to problems or fix things. He saves that energy to focus on his work—and he does that quite well.

As the theorist who first predicted the existence of the composite fermion in 1989, Jain secured his position as an important contributor in the field of materials science when the existence of the particle was proven a few years later. His ongoing efforts, and those of his collaborators, only add to his impact. Gaining acceptance for the idea of the composite fermion was not easy, though.

“Most experts initially thought the idea was wrong,” Jain says. “It took three or four years of sustained calculations, work, and sleepless nights before some people accepted that it was at least an interesting possibility. Then others joined in and experimentalists proved it actually exists.”

In the future, composite fermions—bizarre quantum particles that behave as ordinary electrons in some respects but in strikingly novel ways in other respects—might play a role in the development of electronic devices such as quantum computers. Such applications remain far off because of the extreme temperatures and magnetic conditions needed to create composite fermions. The first goal is to understand them as well as possible.

“Composite-fermion systems exhibit marvelous properties, which are unexpected and inexplicable when you think of them as a collection of weakly interacting electrons. But, they can be understood and modeled when you think of them as a system of composite particles,” Jain says. “It is irresistible to imagine the potential uses for them.”

Almost every day, Jain ponders the possibilities. People such as Vito Scarola, Seung-Yeop Lee, Sudhansu Mandal, and Kenneth Graham, graduate and post-graduate researchers at Penn State, have helped understand the particles as well. Experimental colleagues around the world, and the relatively inexpensive nature of condensed-mater physics, make the work a bit easier.

“It is different from high-energy physics where if you want to see a Higgs boson (an important base particle) you have to have a huge facility and hundreds of researchers,” Jain says. “In condensed-matter physics, these are mostly table-top experiments. A Higgs boson costs tens of millions of dollars to discover. By comparison, a composite fermion comes cheap.”

Understanding the particle and its potential requires great effort, and Jain enjoys focusing his energy on such matters. He admits his family and friends might not know exactly what he does—“Sometimes with science, especially physics, you have to have a strong background in the field just to understand the language,” he says—but his efforts might be quite clear and easy to understand when applications for the composite fermion become a reality.

Kai-Fu Lee
Who the hell is Kai-Fu Lee?

Well here is what Microsoft wed site says...

Kai-Fu Lee left Microsoft in July 2005.

As corporate vice president of the Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD) at Microsoft Corp., Kai-Fu Lee was responsible for the development of the technologies and services for making the user interface simpler and more natural. NISD includes technologies and products for speech, natural language, advanced search and help, and authoring and learning technologies. The mission of NISD is to make these technologies usable and useful for Microsoft's customers.

Lee joined Microsoft in 1998, and was the founder of Microsoft Research Asia, which has since become one of the best research laboratories in the world, with a prolific publication and product transfer record.

Before coming to Microsoft, he was the president of Cosmo Software, the Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) multimedia software business unit. Before that, he was vice president and general manager of Silicon Graphics' Web products division, responsible for several product lines and the company's corporate Web strategy. Before joining SGI, Lee spent six years at Apple, most recently as vice president of the company's interactive media group, which developed QuickTime, QuickDraw 3D, QuickTime VR and PlainTalk speech technologies.

Prior to his position at Apple, he was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he developed the world's first speaker-independent continuous speech-recognition system. While at Carnegie Mellon, Lee also developed the world-champion computer program that plays the game "Othello" and that defeated the human world champion in 1988.

Lee holds a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's in computer science with highest honors from Columbia University. Lee is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Well, what he did is what he did...
But, the idea of Google and Microsoft fighting over him... is makes him the King of Hills to me. I wish it was me :)

2005-08-11 05:36:20 GMT
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