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Edward Witten

U.S.A. / August 26, 1951
Theoretical Physicist
Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

“Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Mathematical Sciences through the Exploration of Superstring Theory”
Dr. Witten has made significant contributions to theoretical physics for more than 30 years as a leader in the dramatic evolution of superstring theory. Moreover, by applying his physical intuition and mathematical skills, he has advanced mathematics, and prompted the cutting–edge research of many mathematicians. His achievements are both unique and outstanding.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

1951
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
1976
Ph.D. in Physics, Princeton University
1976−1977
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
1977−1980
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
1980−1987
Professor, Princeton University
1987−present
Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
1997−present
Charles Simonyi Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

1985
Dirac Medal, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
1990
Fields Medal
1998
Dannie Heineman Prize
2002
National Medal of Science
2008
Crafoord Prize
2010
Lorentz Medal
2012
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Members:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Mathematical Society, American Philosophical Society, American Physical Society, French Académie des Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Anomalous Cross Section for Photon-Photon Scattering in Gauge Theories, Nuclear Physics B 120: 189-202, 1977.
Gravitational Anomalies (L. Alvarez-Gaume and E. Witten), Nuclear Physics B 234: 269-330, 1984.
Vacuum Configurations for Superstrings (P. Candelas et al.), Nuclear Physics B 258: 46-74, 1985.
Quantum Field Theory and the Jones Polynomial, Communications in Mathematical Physics 121: 351-399, 1989.
Two-Dimensional Gravity and Intersection Theory on Moduli Space, in H. B. Lawson, Jr. and S.-T. Yau (eds.), Surveys in Differential Geometry 1: 243-310, 1991.
A Strong Coupling Test of S-Duality (C. Vafa and E. Witten), Nuclear Physics B 431: 3-77, 1994.
Electric-Magnetic Duality, Monopole Condensation, and Confinement in N=2 Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theory (N. Seiberg and E. Witten), Nuclear Physics B 426: 19-52, 1994.
Monopoles and Four-Manifolds, Mathematical Research Letters 1: 769-796, 1994.
String Theory Dynamics in Various Dimensions, Nuclear Physics B 443: 85-126, 1995.
Electric-Magnetic Duality and the Geometric Langlands Program (A. Kapustin and E. Witten), Communications in Number Theory and Physics 1: 1-236, 2007.
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