Juan Martín Maldacena

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Juan Maldacena
Born (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968 (age 50)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine, American
Alma mater Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Princeton University
Known for AdS/CFT correspondence
ABJM superconformal field theory
Awards Dirac Medal
Pomeranchuk Prize
Fundamental Physics Prize
Lorentz Medal
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Doctoral advisor Curtis Callan

Juan Martín Maldacena (September 10, 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a theoretical physicist. Among his many discoveries, the most famous one is the most reliable realization of the holographic principle – namely the AdS/CFT correspondence,[1] 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.[citation needed] In 2013, Maldacena co-authored an analysis of the 2012 black hole firewall paradox with Leonard Susskind, arguing that the paradox can be resolved if entangled particles are connected by minor wormholes."[2][3][4]


Maldacena obtained his licenciatura (a 6-year degree) in 1991 at the Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina, under the supervision of Gerardo 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 and in 2016 became the first Carl P. Feinberg Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Institute's School of Natural Sciences.


Maldacena has received these awards:


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