Robbert Dijkgraaf is a leading mathematical physicist who has made significant
contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education.
He has identified deep connections between particle physics and mathematics, as well as between different areas of mathematical physics. His work has influenced understanding of string theory in low dimensions, topological strings, the dynamics of supersymmetric gauge theories, and the quantum states of black holes.
A distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts, Dijkgraaf previously served as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008-12) and has been Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council since 2009. Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003, and was named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2012.