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Theory Colloquium: Symmetries, Duality, and the Unity of Physics

Professor Nathan Seiberg, IAS Princeton, USA

11.01.2017 at 16:15 


Short Biography

Nathan Seiberg is a distinguished theoretical physicist whose research focuses on various aspects of string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. His work has shed light on the worldsheet description of string theory as a two-dimensional conformal field theory and its space-time manifestations. Seiberg has contributed to the understanding of the dynamics of quantum field theories, especially supersymmetric quantum field theories. His exact solutions of such theories have uncovered many new and unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in these theories. These exact solutions have led to many applications in physics and in mathematics. He has also clarified how supersymmetry can be dynamically broken, and has explored the phenomenological consequences of supersymmetry breaking.

Nathan Seiberg received his PhD in 1982 from the Weizmann Institute where he also became a professor in 1986. From 1989 to 1997 he was professor at Rutgers University, before he moved to Princeton in 1997, where he is now a professor at the IAS and the University. He received many honors, among them

  • Dirac Medal (2016)
  • Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2012)
  • Fellow of American Physical Society (since 2009)
  • Member of National Academy of Sciences (since 2008)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2001)
  • Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Physical Society (1998)
  • MacArthur Fellowship (1996)
  • Oskar Klein Medal (1995)

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