Robbert Dijkgraaf (1960) holds the chair of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam since 1992 (and is since 1998 Faculty Professor in the Faculty of Science). He studied theoretical physics and mathematics in Utrecht, where he obtained his PhD cum laude under supervision of Gerard ‘t Hooft in 1989. Subsequently he held a postdoctoral position at Princeton University and was a long-term member at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has been a visiting professor in Berkeley, MIT, IAS, among others. Dijkgraaf research group works in string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface of mathematics and particle physics. He manages the FOM programs “Mathematical Physics” and “String Theory and Quantum Gravity.”
Dijkgraaf gave an invited lecture at the ICM in Berlin (1998) and was a plenary lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics (London, 2000) and the European Congress of Mathematics (Barcelona, 2000). Dijkgraaf is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij van Wetenschappen. He was the recipient of the 2001 Physica Prize of the Dutch Physical Society. In 2003 he was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands.
Dijkgraaf is editor of Nuclear Physics B, Journal of Differential Geometry, Journal of Geometry and Physics, Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, International Mathematical Research Notices, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Reviews of Mathematical Physics, Elsevier Mathematical Library, Academische Boekengids, and was an editor of Communications in Mathematical Physics from 1992 to 2002. Dijkgraaf was a director of the spring school at the ICTP Trieste (1992-1996) and has served on various international scientific committees among other for the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Erwin Schroedinger Institut fur Mathematische Physik in Vienna, and the International Review of UK Mathematics.