In addition to his contributions to physics, Witten's work has significantly impacted pure mathematics. In 1990 he became the first and so far only physicist to be awarded a...

Witten was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of Lorraine (Wollach) Witten and Louis Witten, a theoretical physicist specializing in gravitation and general...

Witten attended the Park School of Baltimore (class of '68), and received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and minor in linguistics from Brandeis University in 1971. He published...

Witten attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for one semester as an economics graduate student before dropping out. He...

Although he is definitely a physicist (as his list of publications clearly shows) his command of mathematics is rivaled by few...

As an example of Witten's work in pure mathematics, Atiyah cites his application of techniques from quantum field theory to...

Another result for which Witten was awarded the Fields Medal was his (nonrigorous) proof in 1981 of the positive energy theorem in general...

A third area mentioned in Atiyah's address is Witten's work relating supersymmetry and Morse theory, a branch of mathematics that studies the topology of manifolds...

By the mid 1990s, physicists working on string theory had developed five different consistent versions of theory with the right properties to...

Speaking at the string theory conference at University of Southern California in 1995, Witten made the surprising suggestion that these five string...

Another of his contributions to physics was to the result of gauge/gravity duality. In 1997, Juan Maldacena formulated a result known as the AdS/CFT correspondence, which establishes a relationship between certain quantum field...

In collaboration with Nathan Seiberg, Witten established several other highly influential results. In their paper on string theory and...

Witten has been honored with numerous awards including a MacArthur Grant (1982), the Fields Medal (1990), the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (2000), the National Medal of Science (2005), the Henri...

Witten is married to Chiara Nappi, a professor of physics at Princeton University. They have two daughters, Ilana (psychologist at Princeton University) and Daniela (biostatistician at University of...


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