Nathan Seiberg

Nathan Seiberg, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences since 1997, focuses his research on various aspects of string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. Seiberg first came to the Institute as a postdoc in 1982 after receiving his Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He changed the direction of his research after arriving at the Institute, immediately drawn to studying supersymmetry with encouragement from Michael Dine. Seiberg's work has shed light on string theory as a two-dimensional conformal field theory and its space-time manifestations. He has contributed to the understanding of the dynamics of quantum field theories, especially supersymmetric quantum field theories, leading to many new and unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in these theories, and many applications in physics and in mathematics.

“It is indeed an endless cycle of imagination and concentration, of divergence and convergence, of playing and thinking that deter­mines the rhythm of science and scholarship,” writes Robbert Dijkgraaf on the occasion of becoming the Institute’s ninth Director and first Leon Levy Professor. “The Institute is devoted to creating and sup­porting these experiences.”