Ig winner gets “genius” grant

mahadevan-acceptance-speech-2007L. Mahadevan, who shared the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in physics, has just been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

He won his Ig, together with Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled. The MacArthur Grant (of $500,000) honors that and related work. (The image here shows him delivering his Ig Nobel acceptance speech.) Here are some of the sheet-wrinkling studies:

Wrinkling of an Elastic Sheet Under Tension,” E. Cerda, K. Ravi-Chandar, L. Mahadevan, Nature, vol. 419, October 10, 2002, pp. 579-80.
Geometry and Physics of Wrinkling,” E. Cerda and L. Mahadevan, Physical Review Letters, fol. 90, no. 7, February 21, 2003, pp. 074302/1-4.
Elements of Draping,” E. Cerda, L. Mahadevan and J. Passini, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 101, no. 7, 2004, pp. 1806-10.

Professor Mahadevan will be coming to the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony (as will several other past winners), to take a bow and help honor the new winners.