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Peter van Nieuwenhuizen

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Role  Physicist
Notable students  Shoucheng Zhang
Name  Peter Nieuwenhuizen
Known for  Supergravity
Fields  Physics
Alma mater  University of Utrecht
Education  Utrecht University

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Born  October 26, 1938 (age 77) Utrecht, the Netherlands (1938-10-26)
Notable awards  Dirac Prize (1993) Dannie Heineman Prize (2006)
Books  Path Integrals and Anomalies in Curved Space
Similar People  Martinus J G Veltman, Gerard 't Hooft, Shoucheng Zhang, Laurens W Molenkamp, Charles L Kane

Institutions  Stony Brook University
Doctoral advisor  Martinus J. G. Veltman

Peter van Nieuwenhuizen - speaking at the Shoucheng Zhang Memorial Workshop dinner

Peter van Nieuwenhuizen ([vɑn ˈniu̯əˌɦœyzə]; born October 26, 1938) is a Dutch physicist. He is now a distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University in the United States. Van Nieuwenhuizen is best known for his discovery of supergravity with Sergio Ferrara and Daniel Z. Freedman.


Life and career

Peter van Nieuwenhuizen studied physics and mathematics at the University of Utrecht, where he obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of later Nobel laureate Martinus Veltman. After his studies in Utrecht he went to CERN (Geneva), the University of Paris in Orsay, and Brandeis University (Waltham), each for two years. In 1975 he joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics, now named C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he succeeded Nobel laureate C. N. Yang as its director from 1999 till 2002.

He is married to Marie de Crombrugghe, and they have three children, Adrienne, Olivia, and Patrick.

Awards and honors

For constructing supergravity, the first supersymmetric extension of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and for their central role in its subsequent development Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Sergio Ferrara and Daniel Z. Freedman received in 1993 the Dirac medal from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (Italy), in 2006 the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Physical Society and in 2016 the Ettore Majorana Medal from EMFCSC,Erice.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1994, and of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He was made a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2004, and Honorary professor of the Technical University of Vienna (Austria) in 2005.


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