Robbert Dijkgraaf

Director and Leon Levy Professor

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since July 2012, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory, and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes. For his contributions to science, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003. He was named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2012 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Past President (2008–12) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Co-Chair (since 2009) of the InterAcademy Council, Dijkgraaf is a distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts. Many of his activities––which have included frequent appearances on television, a monthly newspaper column in NRC Handelsblad, several books for general audiences, and the launch of the science education website––are at the interface between science and society.

Dates at IAS
Director Director's Office 7/2012current
Visitor Natural Sciences 1/20024/2002 Spring
Member Natural Sciences 9/19916/1992
Utrecht University Ph.D., 1989
Utrecht University M.Sc., 1986
Utrecht University B.Sc., 1982
Appointments: InterAcademy Partnership, President; InterAcademy Council, Co-Chair 2009–; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, President 2008–12; Second Innovation Platform (chaired by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Member 2007–10
Awards: Comenius Prize 2012; Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion 2012; Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Spinoza Prize 2003; Netherlands Physical Society, Physica Prize 2002
Honorary Degrees: Radboud University Nijmegen, Honorary Doctorate 2013
Memberships: Academia Europaea; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society; American Mathematical Society; Netherlands Physical Society; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
University of Amsterdam, Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics 1992– Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics 2005–, Professor 1992–2004
Princeton University 1989–1991 Research Associate