September 10, 1968|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Institutions||Institute for Advanced Study|
|Alma mater||Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Princeton University|
|Doctoral advisor||Curtis Callan|
|Known for||AdS/CFT correspondence|
Juan Martín Maldacena (born September 10, 1968) is a theoretical physicist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his many discoveries, the most famous one is the most reliable realization of the holographic principle - namely the AdS/CFT correspondence, the conjecture about the equivalence of string theory on Anti de Sitter (AdS) space, and a conformal field theory defined on the boundary of the AdS space.
Maldacena obtained his licenciatura (a 6-year degree) in 1991 at the Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina, under the supervision of G. Aldazábal. He then obtained his Ph.D. at Princeton University under the supervision of Curtis Callan in 1996, and went on to a post-doctoral position at Rutgers University. In 1997, he joined Harvard University as associate professor, being quickly promoted to Professor of Physics in 1999. Since 2001 he has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Maldacena has received these awards:
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1998
- Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 1998
- MacArthur Fellowship, 1999
- UNESCO Husein Prize for Young Scientists, 1999
- Sackler Prize in Physics, 2000
- Xanthopoulos International Award for Research in Gravitational Physics, 2001
- Pius XI Medal, 2002
- Edward A. Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society, 2004
- Dannie Heineman Prize, 2007
- Dirac Medal, 2008
- Pomeranchuk Prize, 2012
- Fundamental Physics Prize, 2012 (Yuri Milner Prize) presented to physicists involved in fundamental research.
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