Nima Arkani-Hamed

Nima Arkani-­Hamed, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences since 2008 and one of the world’s leading phenomenologists, has taken a lead in building models of the universe that relate to theories that can be tested at particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider—from supersymmetry to large extra dimensions of space to the idea that our universe exists in a sea of universes, each governed by a different set of principles.

“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.”