Physics and Poetry

Sultan Catto, Ph.D., Yale University (Mathematical Physics), has made important contributions to the development of elementary particle physics particularly in the area of dynamical supersymmetry, and in mathematics in the areas of special functions (confluent hypergeometric type), spectral theory of automorphic forms and octonionic projective geometries with applications to quantum mechanics in higher dimensional space-times. He is also a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Physics at the CUNY Graduate School, Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, and a visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University. He had been the Executive Officer of the PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate School from 2001 till 2008. He is also an editorial board member of the “Journal of Generalized Lie Theory and Applications.” He has published well over a hundred articles in physics and mathematics journals and has edited three books of proceedings of international conferences in mathematical physics. He is a winner of the Benjamin W. Lee Award given by the International School of Subnuclear Physics (Ettore Majorana) in Sicily.

Sultan Catto, presents in

his poem MONK’S RETURN,

a quest between calligraphic lines/sacred world and timeless past which suggests leaving traces on a canvas via mediating… Distilled like a rare essence / from abstract truth, / separating herself from / far-off lands of literature,/ motions resemble the sea.” Catto, in his Dancer, symbolized while unfolding the stage of the street dancer’s global tragedy.

In addition to his distinguished and internationally respected work in theoretical physics, Sultan Catto is a gifted poet. He says that he doesn’t need much sleep, so when he needs a break from the theories of physics, he starts a poem.  

Has been invited to read his work at the Seventh Quarry Events in Wales, at the home of Dylan Thomas, in October 2009.  He was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize by the editor of the Seventh Quarry Swansea Poetry Magazine.

During the past year he was invited to read at venues such as the Cornelia Café, Bowery Poetry Club, United Nations, The 42nd Street mid Manhattan Library, CUNY Graduate School, Turkish House, Columbia University, Queens Television Studios.  

Among his publications, Catto’s work has recently been accepted in Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry from Maspeth to Montauk and Beyond. Some of his poems appeared in LIPS, the Seventh Quarry, Cornelia Nights, Paterson Literary Review, and YALE Poets. His second book of poems called “Echo” is in the process of being published in bilingual form (English and Spanish) by Editions Godot in Argentina.  His third book is also being published by Cross Cultural Poetry Series by Stanley Barkan, Editor, in New York.

Catto is a poetic contributor to the Noches de Cornelia, a bilingual anthology of contemporary poets. He can be heard reading his work at the Cornelia Street Café in Manhattan. He is part of a literary group that meets and reads once a month at the Yale Club which publishes his poems in YALE Poets.

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