Picture taken on 7 April 2009

Institute for Foundational Studies
"Hermann Minkowski"
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Education / Degrees:

Concordia University, Department of Physics.
PhD in Theoretical Physics (1997, with the highest distinction)
Thesis Title: "Fundamental Issues in General Relativity: Inertia, Gravitation and Electromagnetic Mass"

Bulgarian Academy of Science, Institute for Philosophical Research
PhD in Philosophy (of Physics) (1988)
Thesis Title: "On the Ontological Status of Minkowski Space"

Sofia University, Department of Physics
MSc in Physics (1980)
Thesis Title: "The Energy-Momentum Tensor in Quantum Mechanics"

Past Employment:

Concordia University, Montreal
General areas of teaching and research: Physics and Philosophy of Science

Johannes-Kepler Universitat, Linz, Austria
Institut fur Physik
Researcher, Winter-Spring 1990
Area of research: Nuclear Physics - Stopping Power of Amorphous Solids and of Gases for Light Ions

Institute for Philosophical Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Research Associate: April 1986 - May 1989
Area of research: Foundations and Philosophy of Physics: Spacetime Physics (Special and General Relativity) and Quantum Mechanics

Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Department of Atomic Physics
Research Associate, January 1982 - March 1986
Area of research: Nuclear Physics - Mossbauer Spectroscopy

Teaching: See Courses

Professional activities:

One of the founders and current director of the Institute for Foundational Studies "Hermann Minkowski"

Publishing Director of the Minkowski Institute Press

On the Editorial Board of two Springer book series:
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Springer Briefs in Physics

Member of the Governing Board of the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime and spokesperson for the Society

Primary organizer of two biennial international conferences:
International Conferences on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime
Hermann Minkowski Meetings on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics

Organizer of the Montreal Inter-University Seminar on the History and Philosophy of Science (started in January 2002)

Association Memberships and Honours:

Canadian Association of Physicists
American Physical Society
Philosophy of Science Association
Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship
National Association of Scholars
Canadian Civil Liberties Association

5 November 2005 - the Golden Key "for excellence in teaching and for raising the international reputation of Concordia University" from the Golden Key International Honor Society; nominated by Concordia's students.

Languages: Bulgarian (native speaker), English (fluent), Russian (fluent), French (intermediate), and reading knowledge of German.

Personal Data:

  • Married to Svetla Petkova; we have one son - Vesselin, Jr
  • Canadian citizen

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