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Robertus Henricus "Robbert" Dijkgraaf FRSE (: []; born 24 January 1960) is a Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist. He is the director and Leon Levy professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a tenured professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf, 2014
Born
Robertus Henricus Dijkgraaf

(1960-01-24)24 January 1960 (age 61)
CitizenshipDutch
Alma materUtrecht University
Known forString theory
AwardsSpinoza Prize (2003)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics, mathematical physics
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
University of Amsterdam
Doctoral advisorGerard 't Hooft
Notable studentsLotte Hollands

Contents

Robertus Henricus Dijkgraaf was born on 24 January 1960 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands. Dijkgraaf attended the Erasmiaans Gymnasium in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

He started his education in physics at Utrecht University in 1978.[citation needed] After completing his bachelor's degree equivalent in 1982 he briefly turned away from physics to pursue painting at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 1984, he returned to Utrecht University, to start on his master's degree in theoretical physics.[citation needed]

After obtaining his MSc degree, he continued working towards his PhD under supervision of Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft. He studied together with the twins Erik and Herman Verlinde. The original arrangement was that only one of the trio would work on string theory, but all three ended up writing their thesis on this subject. Dijkgraaf obtained his doctorate in 1989 cum laude.[citation needed] His thesis was titled A Geometrical Approach to Two Dimensional Conformal Field Theory.[non-primary source needed]

For a few years he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study, working alongside Edward Witten.

In 1992, he was appointed professor of mathematical physics at the University of Amsterdam, a chair he held until 2004, when he was appointed distinguished professor at the same university.[non-primary source needed]

From 2008 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected as one of the two co-chairs of the InterAcademy Council for the period 2009 to 2013.

Starting 2012, Dijkgraaf became the director of the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent academic institution located in the town of Princeton, New Jersey. On that date, he stepped down from his position as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has served on numerous boards including at the Teylers Museum and the NEMO Science Museum.

He regularly appears on Dutch television and has a monthly column in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

In 1998 Dijkgraaf was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin.

In 2003, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize. In doing so he became the first recipient of the award whose advisor also was a recipient (Gerard 't Hooft received the first Spinoza Prize in 1995). He used part of his Spinoza Prize grant to set up a website targeted at children and promoting science: Proefjes.nl.

Dijkgraaf is an elected Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2003 and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

On 30 May 2012, he was elected an Honorary Member of both the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society and the Netherlands' Physical Society. On 5 June 2012, Dijkgraaf was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2012, he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013. That same year, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

He received honorary doctorates from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Leiden University in 2019. In 2019, Dijkgraaf was awarded the inaugural Iris Medal for Excellent Science Communication, presented at the Evening of Science & Society in the Ridderzaal in The Hague, by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander.

Dijkgraaf's research focuses on string theory and the interface of mathematics and physics in general. He is best known for his work on topological string theory and matrix models, and his name has been given to the Dijkgraaf-Witten invariants and the Witten-Dijkgraaf-Verlinde-Verlinde formula.

He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Dijkgraaf is married to the author Pia de Jong [nl] and has three children. Their daughter Charlotte was born with a rare type of Leukemia and was the subject of book written by her mother Pia de Jong, Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition.

Research articles

Dijkgraaf has co-authored and published more than 70 research articles in the field of string theory and physics, with many other researchers including: Cumrun Vafa, Lotte Hollands, Erik Verlinde, Herman Verlinde, Hirosi Ooguri, Gregory Moore, Rajesh Gopakumar, Sergei Gukov, Miranda Cheng, and others. This is a select list of these works:

Books

  • Dijkgraaf, Robbert (2019). Het isgelijkteken [The Equal Sign] (in Dutch). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Publisher Prometheus BV (Uitgeverij Prometheus). ISBN 9789044640939.
  • Flexner, Abraham (2017). The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge. Medicina del Deporte y del Trabajo. 17. Robbert Dijkgraaf (Commentary). Princeton University Press. pp. 5274–8. ISBN 978-0691174761. PMID 13024481.
  • Dijkgraaf, Robbert (2012). Het nut van nutteloos onderzoek [The usefulness of useless research] (in Dutch) (1 ed.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Bert Bakker Publishing. ISBN 9789035138216.
  • Dijkgraaf, Robbert (2008). Blikwisselingen [Changes of View] (in Dutch) (1 ed.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Bert Bakker Publishing. ISBN 978-9035133365.
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  2. Overbye, Dennis (19 November 2018). "Does the Universe Still Need Einstein?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved24 September 2019.
  3. Calmthout, Door Martijn van (11 December 2007). "Dinsdagprofiel: 'troetelbèta' Robbert Dijkgraaf". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved24 September 2019.
  4. "Prof. Dr. R.H. (Robbert) Dijkgraaf - University of Amsterdam". Archived from the original on 1 May 2015.
  5. Dijkgraaf, Robertus Hendricus. "A geometrical approach to two-dimensional Conformal Field Theory". University of Utrecht. hdl:1874/210872.
  6. Amsterdam, Universiteit van. "prof. dr. R.H. (Robbert) Dijkgraaf - University of Amsterdam". www.uva.nl. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved31 January 2017.
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  8. Dijkgraaf, Robbert (1998). "The mathematics of fivebranes". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 133–142.
  9. "NWO Spinoza Prize 2003". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 4 September 2014. Retrieved30 January 2016.
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  11. EnserinkNov. 14, Martin; 2011; Pm, 1:56 (14 November 2011). "Dutch Physicist and Science Educator Robbert Dijkgraaf to Head IAS". Science | AAAS. Retrieved12 December 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. Robbert Dijkgraaf krijgt Erelidmaatschap NNV en KNCV op Universiteit Twente - website University of Twente
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  16. "APS Member History". search.amphilsoc.org. Retrieved17 March 2021.
  17. "Robbert Dijkgraaf Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved8 October 2019.
  18. "Robbert Dijkgraaf Awarded Inaugural Iris Medal for Excellent Science Communication - IAS News | Institute for Advanced Study". www.ias.edu. 7 October 2019. Retrieved12 December 2020.
  19. Ruhling, Nancy A. (11 May 2019). "Princeton, New Jersey's Borough Center is All About 'Culture and Convenience'". www.mansionglobal.com. Retrieved24 September 2019.
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Robbert Dijkgraaf Article Talk Language Watch Edit This biography of a living person relies too much on references to primary sources Please help by adding secondary or tertiary sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful September 2019 Learn how and when to remove this template message Robertus Henricus Robbert Dijkgraaf FRSE Dutch ˈrɔbert ˈdɛikɣraːf born 24 January 1960 is a Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist 1 He is the director and Leon Levy professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey 2 and a tenured professor at the University of Amsterdam Robbert DijkgraafRobbert Dijkgraaf 2014BornRobertus Henricus Dijkgraaf 1960 01 24 24 January 1960 age 61 Ridderkerk NetherlandsCitizenshipDutchAlma materUtrecht UniversityKnown forString theoryAwardsSpinoza Prize 2003 Scientific careerFieldsTheoretical physics mathematical physicsInstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study University of AmsterdamDoctoral advisorGerard t HooftNotable studentsLotte Hollands Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Work 3 Awards and honors 4 Research 5 Personal life 6 Bibliography 6 1 Research articles 6 2 Books 7 References 8 External linksEarly life and education EditRobertus Henricus Dijkgraaf was born on 24 January 1960 in Ridderkerk Netherlands 3 Dijkgraaf attended the Erasmiaans Gymnasium in Rotterdam Netherlands 3 He started his education in physics at Utrecht University in 1978 citation needed After completing his bachelor s degree equivalent in 1982 he briefly turned away from physics to pursue painting at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie 4 In 1984 he returned to Utrecht University to start on his master s degree in theoretical physics citation needed After obtaining his MSc degree he continued working towards his PhD under supervision of Nobel laureate Gerard t Hooft 3 He studied together with the twins Erik and Herman Verlinde 3 The original arrangement was that only one of the trio would work on string theory but all three ended up writing their thesis on this subject Dijkgraaf obtained his doctorate in 1989 cum laude citation needed His thesis was titled A Geometrical Approach to Two Dimensional Conformal Field Theory 5 non primary source needed For a few years he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study working alongside Edward Witten 3 Work EditIn 1992 he was appointed professor of mathematical physics at the University of Amsterdam 3 a chair he held until 2004 when he was appointed distinguished professor at the same university 6 non primary source needed From 2008 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences He was elected as one of the two co chairs of the InterAcademy Council for the period 2009 to 2013 Starting 2012 Dijkgraaf became the director of the Institute for Advanced Study an independent academic institution located in the town of Princeton New Jersey 7 On that date he stepped down from his position as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences He has served on numerous boards including at the Teylers Museum and the NEMO Science Museum 3 He regularly appears on Dutch television and has a monthly column in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad Awards and honors EditIn 1998 Dijkgraaf was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin 8 In 2003 Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize 9 In doing so he became the first recipient of the award whose advisor also was a recipient Gerard t Hooft received the first Spinoza Prize in 1995 He used part of his Spinoza Prize grant to set up a website targeted at children and promoting science Proefjes nl Dijkgraaf is an elected Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2003 10 11 and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities On 30 May 2012 he was elected an Honorary Member of both the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society and the Netherlands Physical Society 12 On 5 June 2012 Dijkgraaf was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion 13 In 2012 he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society 14 He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013 15 That same year he was elected to the American Philosophical Society 16 He received honorary doctorates from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Leiden University in 2019 17 In 2019 Dijkgraaf was awarded the inaugural Iris Medal for Excellent Science Communication presented at the Evening of Science amp Society in the Ridderzaal in The Hague by Ingrid van Engelshoven Minister of Education Culture and Science in the presence of His Majesty King Willem Alexander 18 Research EditDijkgraaf s research focuses on string theory and the interface of mathematics and physics in general 2 He is best known for his work on topological string theory and matrix models and his name has been given to the Dijkgraaf Witten invariants and the Witten Dijkgraaf Verlinde Verlinde formula Personal life EditHe lives in Princeton New Jersey 19 Dijkgraaf is married to the author Pia de Jong nl and has three children 20 Their daughter Charlotte was born with a rare type of Leukemia and was the subject of book written by her mother Pia de Jong Saving Charlotte A Mother and the Power of Intuition 20 Bibliography EditResearch articles Edit Dijkgraaf has co authored and published more than 70 research articles in the field of string theory and physics with many other researchers including Cumrun Vafa Lotte Hollands Erik Verlinde Herman Verlinde Hirosi Ooguri Gregory Moore Rajesh Gopakumar Sergei Gukov Miranda Cheng and others This is a select list of these works Dijkgraaf Robbert Vafa Cumrun September 2009 Toda Theories Matrix Models Topological Strings and N 2 Gauge Systems p 41 arXiv 0909 2453 hep th Dijkgraaf Robbert Orlando Domenico Reffert Susanne March 2009 Quantum crystals and spin chains Nuclear Physics B 811 3 463 490 arXiv 0803 1927 Bibcode 2009NuPhB 811 463D doi 10 1016 j nuclphysb 2008 11 027 S2CID 8128961 via Research Gate Dijkgraaf Robbert Hollands Lotte Sulkowski Piotr Vafa Cumrun 2008 Supersymmetric Gauge Theories Intersecting Branes and Free Fermions Journal of High Energy Physics 2008 2 106 arXiv 0709 4446 Bibcode 2008JHEP 02 106D doi 10 1088 1126 6708 2008 02 106 S2CID 3827567 via Research Gate Books Edit Dijkgraaf Robbert 2019 Het isgelijkteken The Equal Sign in Dutch Amsterdam Netherlands Publisher Prometheus BV Uitgeverij Prometheus ISBN 9789044640939 Flexner Abraham 2017 The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge Medicina del Deporte y del Trabajo 17 Robbert Dijkgraaf Commentary Princeton University Press pp 5274 8 ISBN 978 0691174761 PMID 13024481 Dijkgraaf Robbert 2012 Het nut van nutteloos onderzoek The usefulness of useless research in Dutch 1 ed Amsterdam Netherlands Bert Bakker Publishing ISBN 9789035138216 Dijkgraaf Robbert 2008 Blikwisselingen Changes of View in Dutch 1 ed Amsterdam Netherlands Bert Bakker Publishing ISBN 978 9035133365 References Edit Robbert dijkgraaf Place of publication not identified Book On Demand 2012 ISBN 978 5 511 38223 4 OCLC 940083510 a b Overbye Dennis 19 November 2018 Does the Universe Still Need Einstein The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved 24 September 2019 a b c d e f g Calmthout Door Martijn van 11 December 2007 Dinsdagprofiel troetelbeta Robbert Dijkgraaf de Volkskrant in Dutch Retrieved 24 September 2019 Prof Dr R H Robbert Dijkgraaf University of Amsterdam Archived from the original on 1 May 2015 Dijkgraaf Robertus Hendricus A geometrical approach to two dimensional Conformal Field Theory University of Utrecht hdl 1874 210872 Amsterdam Universiteit van prof dr R H Robbert Dijkgraaf University of Amsterdam www uva nl Archived from the original on 1 May 2015 Retrieved 31 January 2017 Robbert Dijkgraaf Appointed Director of Institute for Advanced Study Institute for Advanced Study Retrieved 8 October 2019 Dijkgraaf Robbert 1998 The mathematics of fivebranes Doc Math Bielefeld Extra Vol ICM Berlin 1998 vol III pp 133 142 NWO Spinoza Prize 2003 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 4 September 2014 Retrieved 30 January 2016 Amsterdam Universiteit van 16 November 2011 Robbert Dijkgraaf moves from KNAW to Princeton University of Amsterdam Retrieved 12 December 2020 EnserinkNov 14 Martin 2011 Pm 1 56 14 November 2011 Dutch Physicist and Science Educator Robbert Dijkgraaf to Head IAS Science AAAS Retrieved 12 December 2020 CS1 maint numeric names authors list link Robbert Dijkgraaf krijgt Erelidmaatschap NNV en KNCV op Universiteit Twente website University of Twente Robbert Dijkgraaf geeerd met lintje kritiseert onderzoekspraktijk Nederland NRC nl 5 juni 2012 geraadpleegd op 5 juni 2012 Robbert Dijkgraaf geridderd NU nl 5 juni 2012 geraadpleegd op 5 juni 2012 List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society retrieved 2012 11 10 admin 20 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