Edward Witten is an American mathematical physicist who is widely considered to be the founder of M-theory.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University where he received his bachelor’s degree and Princeton University where he obtained his masters and PhD.
Witten was the first physicist to be awarded the Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union. He has also been awarded the Golden Plate Award, the National Medal of Science, and more.
Witten co-authored Superstring Theory: Volumes 1 & 2 and published his own book, Lectures on Geometry, in 2017.