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Edward Witten



Witten in 2008


Born  August 26, 1951 
Citizenship  American 
Education 

Known for  Mtheory Seiberg–Witten theory SeibergWitten map Seiberg–Witten invariants Wess–Zumino–Witten model Weinberg–Witten theorem Gromov–Witten invariant Hořava–Witten domain wall Vafa–Witten theorem Witten index BCFW recursion Topological quantum field theory (Wittentype TQFTs) Topological string theory CSW rules Witten conjecture Witten zeta function Hanany–Witten transition Twistor string theory Chern–Simons theory Positive energy theorem WittenVeneziano mechanism 
Spouse(s)  Chiara Nappi 
Children  3 
Awards  MacArthur Fellowship (1982) Dirac Medal (1985) Albert Einstein Medal (1985) Fields Medal (1990) Alan T. Waterman Award (1986) Dannie Heineman Prize (1998) Nemmers Prize (2000) National Medal of Science (2002) Harvey Prize (2005) Henri Poincaré Prize (2006) Crafoord Prize (2008) Lorentz Medal (2010) Isaac Newton Medal (2010) Fundamental Physics Prize (2012) Kyoto Prize (2014) Albert Einstein Award (2016) 
Scientific career  
Fields  Theoretical physics Mathematical physics Superstring theory 
Institutions  Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University Oxford University California Institute of Technology Princeton University 
Thesis  Some Problems in the Short Distance Analysis of Gauge Theories (1976) 
Doctoral advisor  David Gross 
Other academic advisors  Sidney Coleman Michael Atiyah 
Doctoral students  Jonathan Bagger (1983) Cumrun Vafa (1985) XiaoGang Wen (1987) Dror BarNatan (1991) Shamit Kachru (1994) Eva Silverstein (1996) Sergei Gukov (2001) 
Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American mathematical and theoretical physicist. He is currently the Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. Witten is a researcher in string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetric quantum field theories, and other areas of mathematical physics. In addition to his contributions to physics, Witten's work has significantly impacted pure mathematics. In 1990, he became the first physicist to be awarded a Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union, awarded for his 1981 proof of the positive energy theorem in general relativity. He is considered to be the practical founder of Mtheory.
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