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Juan Maldacena

Carl P. Feinberg Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Theoretical Physics


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Juan Maldacena’s work focuses on quantum gravity, string theory, and quantum field theory. He has proposed a relationship between quantum gravity and quantum field theories that elucidates various aspects of both theories. He is studying this relationship further in order to understand the deep connection between black holes and quantum field theories, and he is also exploring the connection between string theory and cosmology.

Dates at IAS

School of Natural Sciences
Visiting Professor
School of Natural Sciences
School of Natural Sciences


Princeton University
Instituto Balseiro, Universidad de Cuyo, Bariloche, Argentina


Awards: “Mencion de Honor Diputado Nacional Dr. Juan Bautista Alberdi”, C´amara de Diputados, Argentina 2022; Galileo Galilei Medal 2019; Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas 2018; Albert Einstein Medal 2018; Lorentz Medal 2018; Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 2012; Pomeranchuk Prize 2012; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 2008; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 2007; American Physical Society, Edward A. Bouchet Award 2004; Pius XI Medal 2002; Sackler Prize in Physics 2000; UNESCO, Javed Husain Prize for Young Scientists 1999; MacArthur Fellowship 1999; Packard Fellowship 1998; Sloan Fellowship 1998
Honorary doctorate: University of Buenos Aires 2019, KU Leuven 2022
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences


Harvard University
Professor 1999–2001, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor 1998–99, Visiting Associate Professor 1997
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Research Associate