Edward Witten

1951 - Today

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Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist known for his contributions to string theory, topological quantum field theory, and various areas of mathematics. He is a professor emeritus in the school of natural sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Witten is a researcher in string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetric quantum field theories, and other areas of mathematical physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Witten has received more than 2,582,598 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Edward Witten is the 395th most popular physicist (down from 345th in 2019), the 2,510th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,196th in 2019) and the 78th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Edward Witten ranks 395 out of 851Before him are George Johnstone Stoney, John Henry Poynting, Franz Aepinus, Friedrich Paschen, Léon Brillouin, and Friedrich Ernst Dorn. After him are Takaaki Kajita, Samuel Goudsmit, Hantaro Nagaoka, Chester Carlson, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, and Nick Holonyak.

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Among people born in 1951, Edward Witten ranks 113Before him are Chen Chien-jen, Jakaya Kikwete, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Beverly D'Angelo, Julian Schnabel, and Ubol Ratana. After him are John McTiernan, Bill Viola, Vera Fischer, Lynda Carter, Horst Hrubesch, and Phankham Viphavanh.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edward Witten ranks 2,510 out of 20,380Before him are Steve Fossett (1944), Ernest Guiraud (1837), Drew Weissman (1959), Sheldon Adelson (1933), Julie Newmar (1933), and Raymond Leo Burke (1948). After him are Matt Cameron (1962), John McTiernan (1951), Lady Randolph Churchill (1854), Ann Dunham (1942), Gene Deitch (1924), and Cornell Woolrich (1903).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Edward Witten ranks 78Before him are Walter A. Shewhart (1891), Carl Wieman (1951), John Mauchly (1907), Nathan Rosen (1909), Ralph Asher Alpher (1921), and Robert Brout (1928). After him are Chester Carlson (1906), Nick Holonyak (1928), Edwin Hall (1855), Robert Serber (1909), Evelyn Fox Keller (1936), and Leonard Susskind (1940).