Juan Martín Maldacena

Juan Maldacena
Born (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine, American
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Alma mater Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Curtis Callan
Known for AdS/CFT correspondence
Notable awards Dirac Medal
Pomeranchuk Prize
Fundamental Physics Prize

Juan Martín Maldacena (born September 10, 1968) is a theoretical physicist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his many discoveries, the most famous one is the most reliable realization of the holographic principle – namely the AdS/CFT correspondence,[1] the conjecture about the equivalence of string theory on Anti-de Sitter (AdS) space, and a conformal field theory defined on the boundary of the AdS space. In 2013, Maldacena co-authored an analysis of the 2012 black hole firewall paradox with Leonard Susskind, arguing that the paradox can be resolved if entangled particles are connected by minor wormholes."[2][3][4]


Maldacena obtained his licenciatura (a 6-year degree) in 1991 at the Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina, under the supervision of Gerardo Aldazábal. He then obtained his Ph.D. at Princeton University under the supervision of Curtis Callan in 1996, and went on to a post-doctoral position at Princeton University. In 1997, he joined Harvard University as associate professor, being quickly promoted to Professor of Physics in 1999. Since 2001 he has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and in 2016 became the first Carl P. Feinberg Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Institute's School of Natural Sciences.


Maldacena has received these awards:


  1. Juan Martin Maldacena (1998). "The Large N Limit of Superconformal Field Theories and Supergravity". Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 2: 231252. arXiv:hep-th/9711200Freely accessible. Bibcode:1998AdTMP...2..231M.
  2. Overbye, Dennis (12 August 2013). "A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox". New York Times. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  3. "The Firewall Paradox". New York Times. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  4. Cool horizons for entangled black holes
  5. "Meet the 1999 MacArthur Fellows". Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  6. "Xanthopoulos International Award for research on Gravitational Physics".
  7. "2004 Edward A. Bouchet Award Recipient: Juan M. Maldacena". Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  8. New annual US$3 million Fundamental Physics Prize recognizes transformative advances in the field, FPP, accessed 1 August 2012
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