Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. He is past President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and past Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council, a multinational organization of science academies.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, sat down virtually with Joanne Lipman, IAS’s Peretsman Scully Distinguished Journalism Fellow, to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, its impact on IAS, and the elevated role of science in society.

Robbert Dijkgraaf during the IAS Family Science Talk "Einstein's Dream"

In an exploration of curiosity and adventures into the unknown, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explains the important role that curiosity played in Albert Einstein's work, leading to discoveries that are everywhere around us, from lasers and nuclear energy to GPS. 

Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, discuss the connections between math and physics, including some of the outstanding questions in quantum gravity, quantum field theory, and number theory.

“From the perspective of gravity, [a black hole] is the simplest object we know of, no more than a hole in space. At the same time, according to quantum theory, it is the most complex object, the most compact way to store matter and information.” Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the paradoxical nature of black holes and their role in twenty-first-century physics.


Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf’s “Quantum Questions Inspire New Math,” published by Quanta Magazine, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018 (Princeton University Press).


"To Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics, Join Two Kinds of Law," a column for Quanta Magazine by Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert...


"Quantum Questions Inspire New Math," a column for Quanta Magazine by Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, features in The Prime...

On October 26, 2018, Myles W. Jackson, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, gave his first IAS public lecture on "Genes, Patents, and Race: The History of Science as a Bridge Between Disciplines."


By investing in basic science, many other societal issues are addressed. Think about the money spent on defense, health care, and education. These days we are able to deal with diseases at the molecular level, only because fifty years ago we...

Writing for NRC Handelsblad, Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, likens IAS Professor and Abel Prize Laureate Robert Langlands’s program, “a deep connection between two completely different parts of mathematics: on the one hand, numbers and their relations, on the other hand, geometrical patterns and their symmetries,” to a mathematical Rosetta Stone.

In this public lecture, Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Douglas Stanford, Member in the School of Natural Sciences,...

As part of Ideas: Celebrating 2017–18Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, ...