Long biography

  • Personal Information
    • Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf
    • Born in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands, 24 January 1960 (Dutch citizen)
    • Married to Pia de Jong, three children
  • Education
    • Ph.D. Utrecht University (cum laude), advisor Gerard ‘t Hooft (1989)
    • M.Sc. Theoretical Physics (cum laude), Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University (1986)
    • Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (1982-1984)
    • B.Sc. Physics (cum laude), Utrecht University (1982)
  • Positions
    • Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, U.S.A. and Leon Levy Professor
      (from July 1, 2012)
    • Co-Chair, InterAcademy Council (with Daya Reddy) (2009-)
    • Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics, University of Amsterdam (2005-)
    • President, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2008-2012)
    • Professor of Mathematical Physics, Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics, University of Amsterdam (1992-2004)
    • Long-term Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1991-1992)
    • Research Associate, Physics Department, Princeton University (1989-1991)
    • Invited Lecture, International Congress of Mathematicians, Berlin (1998)
    • Donegall Lecturer (1688), Trinity College, Dublin (1999)
    • Plenary lecture, European Congress of Mathematics, Barcelona (2000)
    • Plenary lecture, International Congress of Mathematical Physics, London (2000)
    • Whittaker Lecture, University of Edinburgh (2002)
    • Physica Prize, Dutch Physical Society (2002)
    • Floer Memorial Lecture, Stanford University (2002)
    • Johann Bernoulli Lecture, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2003)
    • Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2003)
    • NWO Spinoza Premium (highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands) (2003)
    • Member, Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (2004)
    • Coxeter Lectures, Fields Institute, Toronto (2005)
    • Siemens Lecture, Munchen (2005)
    • Eisenbud Lectures, Brandeis University (2007)
    • Chaire de la Vallée Poussin, Department of Mathematics, Université Catholique de Louvain (2008)
    • UCSB Distinguished Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara (2008)
    • Member, Academia Europaea (2008)
    • Member, Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) (2009)
    • Member, Bataafsch Genootschap der Proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte (2010)
  • Editorial Boards
    • Nuclear Physics B, Supervisory Editor (1994-)
    • Elsevier Mathematical Library (1994-)
    • Journal of Geometry and Physics (1995-)
    • Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (1997-)
    • International Mathematical Research Notices (1998-)
    • Journal of Mathematical Physics (2000-2004)
    • Reviews of Mathematical Physics (2000-2004)
    • Journal of Differential Geometry (2004-)
    • Communications in Number Theory and Physics (2006-)
  • International Advisory Board
    • Director, Spring School, ICTP, Trieste (1992-1996)
    • Scientific Steering Committee, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University (1999-2002)
    • Fachbeirat, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik, Bonn (2001-2007)
    • Governing Board, School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Study (2006-)
    • External Scientific Council, Service de Physique Théorique, CEN-Saclay (2005-)
    • Scientific Board, American Institute for Mathematics, Palo Alto (2005-2009)
    • International Advisory Committee, Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences, American University of Beirut (2006-)
    • Scientific Committee for Physics, International Solvay Institutes, Belgium (2010-)
    • International Advisory Committee, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics-China, Beijing (2011-)
  • Committees, National Advisory Boards
    • Member, Executive Board, Dutch Mathematical Physics Society (1996-1999)
    • Chair, Executive Board, Dutch Mathematical Physics Society (1999-2002)
    • Chair, FOM program Mathematical Physics (1999-2007)
    • Scientific Steering Committee, Mathematics & Physics, Lorentz Center, Leiden University (1999-2006)
    • Program manager, FOM program String Theory and Quantum Gravity (2001-2007)
    • Chair, Program Committee Mathematical Physics, International Congres of Mathematics, Bejing (1999-2000)
    • External Assessor, Chair of Natural Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin (2000)
    • Evaluation Committee, Erwin Schroedinger Institut für Mathematische Physik, Vienna (2002)
    • International Review Panel UK Mathematics (2003)
    • International Review Panel, Dublin Institute for Advanced Study (2004)
    • International Review Panel, Institute des Hautes Études Scientifique, Bures-sur-Yvettes, France (2005)
    • Executive Board, Stichting FOM (2005-2008)
    • Board, Stichting Kunst in de Openbare Ruimte, SKOR (2005-2012)
    • Board, Stichting Premium Erasmianium (2006)
    • Second Innovation Platform, chaired by Prime-Minister (2007-2010)
    • Supervisory Board, Nationaal Centrum voor Wetenschap en Technologie, Amsterdam (2007)
    • Board, Stichting Folia Civitatis (2007-2012)
    • Supervisory Board, Teylers Museum, Haarlem (2008-2012)
    • Supervisory Board, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2009-2012)
    • Supervisory Board, Fullbright Center (2009)
    • Chair, Stichting International Mathematical Olympiade 2011 (2009)
    • Chair, Supervisory Board, VPRO, Public Television (2009-2012)
    • Paleiscommissie, Stichting Koninklijk Paleis, (2009)
    • Supervisory Board, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2009-2012)
    • Supervisory Board, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (2010)
Robbert Dijkgraaf,
Photograph by Andrea Kane