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Nathan Seiberg


School of Natural Sciences
Mathematical Physics

Nathan Seiberg’s research focuses on various aspects of string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. His work has shed light on the worldsheet description of string theory as a two-dimensional conformal field theory and its space-time manifestations. Seiberg has contributed to the understanding of the dynamics of quantum field theories, especially supersymmetric quantum field theories. His exact solutions of such theories have uncovered many new and unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in these theories. These exact solutions have led to many applications in physics and in mathematics. He has also clarified how supersymmetry can be dynamically broken, and has explored the phenomenological consequences of supersymmetry breaking. These consequences will be tested at the Large Hadron Collider.

Dates at IAS
Faculty Natural Sciences 7/1997current
Member Natural Sciences 9/19946/1995
Visitor Natural Sciences 9/19936/1994
Member Natural Sciences 9/19876/1989
Member Natural Sciences 9/19826/1985
Weizmann Institute of Science Ph.D., 1982
Tel Aviv University B.Sc., 1977
Awards: Dirac Medal 2016; Fundamental Physics Prize 2012; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1998; MacArthur Fellowship 1996; Oskar Klein Medal 1995; Michael Landau Prize 1981; Mifal Hapais Prize 1979; Israel Physical Society Prize 1976
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 1989–1997 Professor
Weizmann Institute of Science 1985–1991 Professor 1989–91, Associate Professor 1986–89, Senior Scientist 1985–86