MacArthur Fellows Program

Edward Witten

Physicist | Class of 1982

Princeton, New Jersey
31 at time of award
Area of Focus

Edward Witten is a theoretical physicist who works at the intersection of the fields of elementary particle physics and mathematical physics.

His research is focused on elementary particle theory and gravity, with a specific emphasis on string theory as a tool for unifying forces of nature, and on relations between gauge theory, gravity, and geometry.  Witten’s work has played a significant role in shaping cosmological theory and has advanced our understanding of the physical and mathematical implications of supersymmetry.  He is the co-author of Current Algebra and Anomalies (1986) and of the two-volume series Superstring Theory (1988).  He has published over 250 articles that have appeared in such journals as Communications in Mathematical Physics, Nature, Nuclear Physics B, and the Physical Review Letters.

Witten is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Mathematical Physics in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he became a member of the faculty in 1987.  He served previously as a professor of physics at Princeton University (1980-1987).

Witten received a B.A. (1971) from Brandeis University and an M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1976) from Princeton University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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November 28, 2017
"A Physicist’s Physicist Ponders the Nature of Reality"
Quanta Magazine
Edward Witten , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
September 22, 2014
"Physics Titan Edward Witten Still Thinks String Theory 'On the Right Track'"
Scientific American
Edward Witten , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
August 2, 2012
"Black Holes: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong"
Edward Witten , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
April 7, 2009
"Inside the Tangled World of String Theory"
New Scientist
Edward Witten , 1982 MacArthur Fellow
November 13, 2008
"The Man Who Led the Second Superstring Revolution"
Discover Magazine
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