Edward Witten

Edward Witten has received the highest h-index among the physicists. In this sense, he is the best physicist in the world now.^1 What makes me really surprised is that he was not major in physics as an undergraduate student. He was major in history. While working as a physicist, he received the highest honor in mathematics, Fields Medal.^2

“Birth and education

Edward Witten was born in Baltimore, Maryland to a Jewish family, the son of Lorraine W. Witten and Louis Witten, a physicist specializing in gravitation and general relativity. He received his bachelor’s degree in history (with a minor in linguistics) from Brandeis University. Witten planned to become a political journalist, and published articles in The New Republic and The Nation. He worked briefly for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Then, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one semester as an economics graduate student before dropping out. He then returned to academia, enrolling in applied mathematics at Princeton University before shifting departments and receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1976 under David Gross, the Nobel laureate in Physics in 2004.” — Wikipedia

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Figure 4.1: Witten’s career path
(This figure is made and copyrighted by me. Copy it as you like.)

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Even the best people in world need such a long time to find their true love career.

How about you?

What is your true love?
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1 as of 2007
2 Fields Medal is the “Nobel prize” in Mathematics.

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