Edward Witten, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, USA) has been awarded the Lorentz Medal 2010. Edward Witten has received this award for his pioneering contributions to the mathematical description of fundamental forces and elementary particles,in particular string theory.
From the jury report: "Edward Witten is clearly the most influential theoretical physicist of the past three decades. He has authored more than 300 publications in quantum field theory, string theory, and mathematical physics. His work combines a profound understanding of physics, mathematical elegance, and remarkable clarity of argument. His countless contributions to physics as well as mathematics cover a broad range of original and pioneering discoveries and theoretical models. He has surpassed all other modern scientists in bridging the gap between mathematics and physics, and in doing so has made extremely important contributions to both fields of science."
"There is no doubt that Edward Witten has played as influential a role in the development of physics as Hendrik Antoon Lorentz," says jury chairman Carlo Beenakker. His leadership in this branch of science makes him a worthy recipient of the Lorentz Medal.
About Edward Witten
Edward Witten received his BA from Brandeis University in 1971 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1976. After postdoctoral studies at Harvard University, he joined the faculty at Princeton in 1980 and at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1987. His awards include the US National Medal of Science, the Fields Medal, and the Crafoord Prize.