Edward Witten


Date of Birth 26 August 1951
Place Baltimore, MD (USA)
Nomination 15 May 2006
Field Mathematical Physics
Title Professor

Most important awards, prizes and academies
Academies: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1984; American Physical Society, 1984; National Academy of Sciences, 1988; Member of the Board, Americans for Peace Now, Feb. 1992-; American Philosophical Society, 1994; Royal Society, 1998; Academy of Sciences of Paris, 2000. Honors and Awards: MacArthur Fellowship, 1982; Einstein Medal, Einstein Society of Berne, Switzerland, 1985; Award for Physical and Mathematical Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, 1985; Dirac Medal, International Center for Theoretical Physics, 1985; Alan T. Waterman Award, National Science Foundation, 1986; Invited Address, International Congress of Mathematicians, 1986 and 2002; Colloquium Lecturer, American Mathematical Society, 1987; Centennial Lecturer, American Mathematical Society, 1988; Fields Medal, International Union of Mathematicians, 1990; Madison Medal, Princeton University, 1992; New Jersey Pride Award, 1996; Award of the Golden Plate, American Academy of Achievement, 1997; Klein Medal, Stockholm University, 1998; Dannie Heineman Prize, American Institute of Physics, 1998; Gibbs Lecturer, American Mathematical Society, 1998; Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2000; Clay Research Award, Clay Mathematics Institute, 2001; Shalom Award, Americans for Peace Now, 2002; National Medal of Science, 2003; Premio Pitagora, Crotone, Italy, 2005; Harvey Prize, the Technion, Israel, 2006.

Summary of scientific research
Prof. Witten's research interests are in elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, and string theory. He is known for his work on dark matter detection, the behaviour of four-dimensional gauge theories, the applications of quantum field theory to mathematics, and for a variety of contributions to string theory.

Latest publications
Author of 250 scientific papers. Coauthor (with M.B. Green and J.H. Schwarz) of Superstring Theory, Volumes 1 and 2, Cambridge University Press; Janus Configurations, Chern-Simons Couplings, and the theta-Angle in N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory, D. Gaiotto, E. Witten, Apr 2008, 66pp.; Supersymmetric Boundary Conditions in N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory, D. Gaiotto, E. Witten, Apr 2008, 82pp.; Rigid Surface Operators, S. Gukov, E. Witten, Apr 2008, 89pp.; Mirror Symmetry, Hitchin's Equations, and Langlands Duality, E. Witten, Feb 2008, 15pp.; Conformal Field Theory in Four and Six Dimensions, E. Witten, Dec 2007, 16pp. Lectures given at Symposium on Topology, Geometry and Quantum Field Theory (Segalfest), Oxford, England, U.K., 24-29 Jun 2002; Quantum Gravity Partition Functions in Three Dimensions, A. Maloney, E. Witten, Dec 2007, 71pp.; Geometric endoscopy and mirror symmetry, E. Frenkel, E. Witten, Oct 2007, 130pp.; Gauge theory and wild ramification, E. Witten, Oct 2007, 63pp.; Surface operators in gauge theory, E. Witten, 2007, 6pp, Fortsch. Phys. 55:545-550,2007; Three-Dimensional Gravity Revisited, E. Witten, June 2007, 82pp.; Gauge Theory, Ramification, and the Geometric Langlands Program, S. Gukov, E. Witten, Dec 2006, 159pp.; Axions in String Theory, P. Svrcek, E. Witten, 62pp. JHEP 0606:051,2006; Electric-Magnetic Duality and the Geometric Langlands Program, A. Kapustin, E. Witten, Apr 2006, 225pp.; New instanton effects in string theory, C. Beasley, E. Witten, 50pp. JHEP 0602:060,2006; Two-dimensional models with (0,2) supersymmetry: Perturbative aspects, E. Witten, Apr 2005, 59pp.; Non-Abelian localization for Chern-Simons theory, C. Beasley, E. Witten, 133pp. J. Diff. Geom. 70:183-23,2005; The Hitchin functionals and the topological B-model at one loop, V. Pestun, E. Witten, 33pp. Lett. Math. Phys. 74:21-51,2005; Direct proof of tree-level recursion relation in Yang-Mills theory, R. Britto, F. Cachazo, B. Feng, E. Witten, Jan 2005, 8pp. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94:181602,2005; Gauge theory amplitudes in twistor space and holomorphic anomaly, F. Cachazo, P. Svrcek, E. Witten, Sep 2004, 8pp. JHEP 0410:077,2004; New instanton effects in supersymmetric QCD, C. Beasley, E. Witten, 43pp. JHEP 0501:056,2005; Supersymmetry and other scenarios, E. Witten, 2004, 6pp. Int. J. Mod. Phys. A19:1259-1264,2004; Twistor space structure of one-loop amplitudes in gauge theory, F. Cachazo, P. Svrcek, E. Witten, June 2004, 42pp. JHEP 0410:074,2004; Conformal super-gravity in twistor-string theory, N. Berkovits, E. Witten, 43pp. JHEP 0408:009,2004; Parity invariance for strings in twistor space, E. Witten, Mar 2004, 17pp. Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 8:779-796,2004; MHV vertices and tree amplitudes in gauge theory, F. Cachazo, P. Svrcek, E. Witten, Mar 2004, 27pp. JHEP 0409:006,2004; Yangian symmetry in D = 4 superconformal Yang-Mills theory, L. Dolan, C.R. Nappi, E. Witten, Jan 2004, 16pp. Cincinnati 2003, Quantum theory and symmetries 300-15; The past and future of string theory, E. Witten, Jan 2002, Cambridge 2002, The future of theoretical physics and cosmology 455-62; Perturbative gauge theory as a string theory in twistor space, E. Witten, Dec 2003, 97pp. Commun. Math. Phys. 252:189-258,2004; A Relation between approaches to integrability in superconformal Yang-Mills theory, L. Dolan, C.R. Nappi, E. Witten, Aug 2003, 19pp. JHEP 0310:017,2003; SL(2,Z) action on three-dimensional conformal field theories with Abelian symmetry, E. Witten, Jul 2003, 23pp. In Shifman, M. (ed.) et al.: From fields to strings, vol. 2 1173-1200; Residues and world sheet instantons, C. Beasley, E. Witten, 48pp. JHEP 0310:065,2003; Proton decay in intersecting D-brane models, I.R. Klebanov, E. Witten. PUPT-2080, Apr 2003, 21pp. Nucl. Phys. B 664:3-20,2003; Chiral rings and phases of supersymmetric gauge theories, F. Cachazo, N. Seiberg, E. Witten, Mar 2003, 55pp. JHEP 0304:018,2003; Phases of N=1 supersymmetric gauge theories and matrices, F. Cachazo, N. Seiberg, E. Witten, Dec 2002, 68pp. JHEP 0302:042,2003; Unification scale, proton decay, and manifolds of G(2) holonomy, T. Friedmann, E. Witten, Nov 2002, 39pp. Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 7:577-617,2003; Chiral rings and anomalies in supersymmetric gauge theory, F. Cachazo, M.R. Douglas, N. Seiberg, E. Witten, 67pp. JHEP 0212:071,2002; Noncommutative Yang-Mills theory and string theory, E. Witten, 1999, Surveys Diff. Geom. 7:685-696,1999. Also in Cambridge 1999, Surveys in differential geometry 685-96; String theory, E. Witten, 6pp. Proceedings of APS/DPF/DPB Summer Study on the Future of Particle Physics (Snowmass 2001), Snowmass, Colorado, 30 Jun-21 Jul 2001, pp 337; Quest for unification, E. Witten, Jul 2002, 9pp. Hamburg 2002, Supersymmetry and unification of fundamental interactions, vol. 1 604-10; M theory and quantum mechanics, E. Witten, 1998, Nucl. Phys. Proc. Suppl. 62:463-466,1998. Also in Philadelphia 1997, Supersymmetries in physics 463-6; Hunting the Higgs, G. Kane, E. Witten, 2002, New Sci. 173N2336:28-32,2002; The mass question, E. Witten, 2002, Nature 415:969-971,2002; A Note on fluxes and superpotentials in M theory compactifications on manifolds of G(2) holonomy, Chris Beasley, E. Witten, 16pp. JHEP 0207:046,2002; A Gravity dual of the chiral anomaly, I.R. Klebanov, P. Ouyang, E. Witten, 15pp. Phys. Rev. D65:105007,2002; Deconstruction, G(2) holonomy, and doublet triplet splitting, E. Witten, Oct 2001, 20pp. Hamburg 2002, Supersymmetry and unification of fundamental interactions, vol. 1 472-91; Multitrace operators, boundary conditions, and AdS/CFT correspondence, E. Witten, Dec 2001, 12pp.; Reflections on the fate of space-time, E. Witten, 2001, In Callender, C. (ed.): Physics meets philosophy at the Planck scale, 125-37. Phys. Today 49N4:24-30,1996; Chiral fermions from manifolds of G(2) holonomy, B. Acharya, E. Witten, 26pp.; Conformal operators for partially massless states, L. Dolan, C.R. Nappi, E. Witten, Sep 2001, 13pp. JHEP 0110:016,2001; Anomaly cancellation on G(2) manifolds, E. Witten, Aug 2001, 15pp.; M theory dynamics on a manifold of G(2) holonomy, M. Atiyah, E. Witten, Jun 2001, 104pp.; Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 6:1-106,2003; Quantum gravity in de Sitter space, E. Witten, June 2001, 19pp. Prepared for International School of Subnuclear Physics: 39th Course: New Fields and Strings in Subnuclear Physics, Erice, Italy, 29 Aug-7 Sep 2001; Anomaly analysis of brane-anti-brane systems, J.H. Schwarz, E. Witten, 28pp. JHEP 0103:032,2001; Quantum Yang-Mills theory, A.M. Jaffe, E. Witten, 2000, 15pp. Clay Mathematics Institute Millenium Prize problem; BPS Bound states of D0-D6 and D0-D8 systems in a B field, E. Witten, Dec 2000, 16pp. JHEP 0204:012,2002; The Hagedorn transition in noncommutative open string theory, S.S. Gubser, S. Gukov, I.R. Klebanov, M. Rangamani, E. Witten, 22pp. J. Math. Phys. 42:2749-2764,2001; Overview of K theory applied to strings, E. Witten, Jul 2000, 17pp. Int. J. Mod. Phys. A16:693-706,2001. Also in Ann Arbor 2000, Strings 53-66; Lepton number and neutrino masses, E. Witten, Jun 2000, 5pp. Nucl. Phys. Proc. Suppl. 91:3-8,2001. Also in Sudbury 2000, Neutrino physics and astrophysics 3-8; Noncommutative tachyons and string field theory, E. Witten, June 2000, 13pp.; Supersymmetric index in four-dimensional gauge theories, E. Witten, May 2000, 66pp. Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 5:841-907,2002; Two two-dimensional supergravity theories from Calabi-Yau four folds, S.J. Gates, Jr., S. Gukov, E. Witten, 46pp. Nucl. Phys. B 584:109-148,2000; A Derivation of K theory from M theory, D.-E. Diaconescu, G.W. Moore, E. Witten, IASSNS-HEP-00-38, May 2000. 17pp.

Professional Address

Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton NJ 08540 (USA)