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Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), has been appointed director of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) effective 1 July 2012.

dhr. prof. dr. R.H. (Robbert) Dijkgraaf

Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), has been appointed director of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) effective 1 July 2012. Dijkgraaf’s new position at the IAS will involve a combination of management responsibilities and research work. He will also continue his work as a University Professor at the University of Amsterdam. Dijkgraaf will step down as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The IAS is an independent research institute in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, and is largely privately funded. The institute focuses on mathematics, natural sciences, historical sciences and social sciences. The IAS has a permanent staff of 28 professors and welcomes some two hundred international guest researchers each year. The institute has been home to a total of 27 Nobel laureates – including Albert Einstein – and 38 recipients of the Fields Medal, the highest accolade in the world of mathematics.

Dijkgraaf (b. 1960) conducts research on string theory, quantum gravity and the nexus between mathematics and particle physics. He studied theoretical physics at Utrecht University and obtained his doctorate degree with honours from Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft. Dijkgraaf subsequently moved to the IAS in Princeton. He was named Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1992. He was awarded the Spinoza Prize in 2003 in recognition of his scientific work. Dijkgraaf has served as University Professor at the University of Amsterdam since 1 January 2005. He was appointed president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 1 May 2008.