Bernard de Wit

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Bernard de Wit
Nationality Dutch
Alma mater Utrecht University
Known for supergravity
Awards Humboldt Prize (1998)
ERC Advanced Grant (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Utrecht University
Thesis Field-theoretical approach to symmetry aspects of the weak and electromagnetic interactions (1973)
Doctoral advisor Martinus Veltman
Doctoral students Eric Bergshoeff, Jan de Boer, Erik Verlinde
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Bernard Quirinus Petrus Joseph de Wit (born 1945 in Bergen op Zoom) is a Dutch theoretical physicist specialized in supergravity and particle physics.

Bernard de Wit studied theoretical physics at Utrecht University, where he got his PhD under supervision of Nobel Prize laureate Martinus Veltman in 1973. After postdoc stints in Stony Brook, Utrecht and Leiden, he became a staff member at National Institute for Nuclear and High Energy Physics (NIKHEF) in 1978, where became head of the theory group in 1981. In 1984 he became professor of theoretical physics at Utrecht University where he has stayed for the rest of his career. He officially retired in 2010, but continues to engage in research.

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