MacArthur Fellows Program

Nathan Seiberg

Physicist | Class of 1996

Princeton, New Jersey
40 at time of award
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Nathan Seiberg is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to what has been described as a revolution in fundamental physics.

Seiberg’s discoveries have had a decisive influence on the burgeoning field of string theory and other quantum field theories, and are central to the advancement of fundamental theoretical physics today.  With various collaborators he has found exact solutions of supersymmetric quantum field theories and string theories.  Leading to many new and unexpected insights, these solutions have applications to mathematics and to the dynamics of quantum field theories and string theory.

Seiberg has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study since 1997, after serving previously at the Institute from 1982-85, 1987-89, and 1994-95.  From 1985 to 1986, he was a Senior Scientist with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, where he served as professor from 1986 to 1991.  He taught at Rutgers University from 1989 to 1997.  He has published articles in many journals, including Nuclear Physics and the Physical Review.

Seiberg received a B.Sc. (1977) from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. (1982) from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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