Edward Witten

Charles Simonyi Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Mathematical Physics

Affiliation

Natural Sciences

Field of Study

Mathematical Physics

Edward Witten’s work exhibits a unique combination of mathematical power and physics insight, and his contributions have significantly enriched both fields. He has greatly contributed to the modern interest in superstrings as a candidate theory for the unification of all known physical interactions. Most recently, he has explored quantum duality symmetries of field theories and string theories, opening significant new perspectives on particle physics, string theory, and topology.

Fields Medalist, 1990

Dates at IAS

Faculty
School of Natural Sciences
Member
School of Natural Sciences
Spring

Degrees

Princeton University
Ph.D.
1976
Princeton University
M.A.
1974
Brandeis University
B.A.
1971

Honors

Awards: American Physical Society, Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research 2016; World Cultural Council, Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2016; Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences 2014; Fundamental Physics Prize 2012; Institute of Physics, Isaac Newton Medal 2010; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lorentz Medal 2010; Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2008; Henri Poincaré Prize 2006; National Medal of Science 2003; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1998; Fields Medal 1990; National Science Foundation, Alan T. Waterman Award 1986; Einstein Society of Berne, Einstein Medal 1985; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Dirac Prize and Medal 1985; MacArthur Fellowship 1982
Memberships: Académie des Sciences, Institut de France; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Mathematical Society; American Philosophical Society; American Physical Society; National Academy of Sciences; Royal Society of London

Appointments

Princeton University
Professor
Harvard Society of Fellows
Junior Fellow
Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow