Particle Fever   —   Savas Dimopoulos
Savas Dimopoulos is a professor of physics at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1978, and after a brief research position at Columbia University he joined the faculty at Stanford.  During this period he has also held faculty positions at Harvard at the CERN laboratory.  He is the winner of the Italian Tomassoni prize and was awarded the Sakurai prize from the American Physical Society.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Savas is known by many in the field as being the most likely to win a Nobel prize after the LHC data is interpreted.  He has been the driving force in the search for physics beyond the standard model for more than 25 years, and is partially responsible for bringing the idea of macroscopic extra dimensions to the point of plausibility.  He is both a mentor to many in the field and a kid in a candy store when it comes to physics.