Edward Witten

Edward Witten
Mathematical Physics
Charles Simonyi Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Edward Witten’s work exhibits a unique combination of mathematical power and physics insight, and his contributions have significantly enriched both fields. He has greatly contributed to the modern interest in superstrings as a candidate theory for the unification of all known physical interactions. Most recently, he has explored quantum duality symmetries of field theories and string theories, opening significant new perspectives on particle physics, string theory, and topology.

Princeton University, Ph.D. 1976; Harvard University, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, 1977–80; Princeton University, Professor 1980–87; Institute for Advanced Study, Member 1984, Professor 1987–97, Charles Simonyi Professor 1997–; MacArthur Fellowship 1982; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, Associate Member; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow; American Mathematical Society, Fellow; American Philosophical Society, Fellow; American Physical Society, Fellow; National Academy of Sciences, Fellow; Royal Society of London, Foreign Member; Einstein Society of Berne, Einstein Medal 1985; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 1985; National Science Foundation, Alan T. Waterman Award 1986; Fields Medal 1990; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1998; National Medal of Science 2003; Henri Poincaré Prize 2006; Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2008; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lorentz Medal 2010; Institute of Physics, Isaac Newton Medal 2010; Fundamental Physics Prize 2012

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