Nima Arkani-Hamed

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Nima Arkani-Hamed
نیما ارکانی حامد
Nima Arkani-Hamed at Harvard.jpg
Born (1972-04-05) April 5, 1972 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
University of California, Berkeley
Known forLarge extra dimensions
Dimensional deconstruction
Little Higgs
Split supersymmetry
Weak Gravity Conjecture
Dark matter
Scattering amplitudes
Future Colliders
AwardsGribov Medal of the European Physical Society (2003)
Sackler Prize of Tel Aviv University (2008)
Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award (2005)
Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
Harvard University
Cornell University
Doctoral advisorLawrence John Hall
Doctoral studentsClifford Cheung
Leonardo Senatore (physicist)
Philip Schuster (physicist)
Jesse Thaler
Natalia Toro

Nima Arkani-Hamed (Persian: نیما ارکانی حامد‎; born April 5, 1972) is an American-Canadian[1][2] theoretical physicist, with interests in high-energy physics, quantum field theory, string theory, cosmology and collider physics. Arkani-Hamed is a member of the permanent faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[3] He is also director of The Center for Future High Energy Physics (CFHEP) in Beijing, China.[4]

Early life[edit]

Arkani-Hamed's parents, Jafargholi "Jafar" Arkani-Hamed and Hamideh Alasti are both physicists from Iran.[5] His father, a native of Tabriz,[6] had worked for the Apollo program in the early 1970s,[7] was chairman of the physics department at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and later taught earth and planetary sciences at McGill University in Montreal.[8] Arkani-Hamed immigrated to Canada from Iran as a child with his family in the seventies.[9]

Academic career[edit]

Arkani-Hamed graduated at the University of Toronto with a joint honours degree in mathematics and physics in 1993, and went to the University of California, Berkeley, for his graduate studies, where he worked under the supervision of Lawrence Hall. The majority of his graduate work was on studies of supersymmetry and flavor physics. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Supersymmetry and Hierarchies". He completed his Ph.D. in 1997 and went to SLAC at Stanford University for post-doctoral studies. During this time he worked with Savas Dimopoulos and developed the paradigm of large extra dimensions.[7]

In 1999 he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley physics department. He took a leave of absence from Berkeley to visit Harvard University beginning January 2001, and stayed at Harvard as a professor from 2002 to 2008.[10] Since 2008, he has been a professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[11]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2003 he won the Gribov Medal of the European Physical Society, and in the summer of 2005 while at Harvard he won the Phi Beta Kappa award for teaching excellence. In 2008, he won the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize given at Tel Aviv University to young scientists who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in Physical Science.[12] He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.[13] He gave the Messenger lectures at Cornell University in 2010, and is currently an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.[14] In 2012 he was an inaugural awardee of the Fundamental Physics Prize, the creation of physicist and internet entrepreneur, Yuri Milner.[15] He was one of six physicists featured in the award-winning 2013 documentary film Particle Fever, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vita, updated 4-17-15",; accessed December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nima Arkani-Hamed". U.S. Virtual Embassy Iran. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  3. ^ "Nima Arkani-Hamed". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  4. ^ "CFHEP". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  5. ^ Jafargholi "Jafar" Arkani-Hamed. Lateral Variations of Density in the Earth's Mantle. Archived September 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Cornellcast: [1].
  7. ^ a b Wolchover, Natalie (4 October 2015). "Visions of Future Physics". Wired. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed Wins Prestigious Physics Prize". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  9. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (4 October 2015). "Visions of Future Physics". Wired. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Physics Tree - Nima Arkani-Hamed". Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. ^ Theoretical Physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed Appointed to the Faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study,; accessed May 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Physics
  13. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  14. ^ "Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  15. ^ New annual US$3 million Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes transformative advances in the field Archived 2012-08-03 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed August 1, 2012.

External links[edit]


  1. "The Future of Fundamental Physics" five lectures given at Cornell October 4–8, 2010 in the Messenger Lecture series.
  2. "Introduction to Scattering Amplitudes" five lectures given at Cornell October 4–8, 2010, focus on n=4 supersymmetric Yang–Mills Theory.
  3. "The End of Spacetime , a lecture given at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on June 19, 2018.