 Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from Brandeis University in 1971  enrolling in applied mathematics at Princeton University[citation needed] then shifting departments and receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1976 under David Gross  held a fellowship at Harvard University (1976–77)  a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (1977–80)
 an American theoretical physicist with a focus on mathematical physics  made contributions in mathematics and helped bridge gaps between fundamental physics and other areas of mathematics  In 2004, Time magazine stated that "Witten was widely thought to be the world's greatest living theoretical physicist"  also appeared in the list of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people of 2004  Pope Benedict XVI appointed Witten as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2006)  a professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton currently
 MacArthur Fellowship, a MacArthur Grant (1982)  the first physicist to be awarded a Fields Medal by the International Union of Mathematics in 1990 : an inaugural awardee of the Fundamental Physics Prize, the creation of physicist and internet entrepreneur, Yuri Milner  the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (2000)  the National Medal of Science (2002)  Pythagoras Award (2005)  the Henri Poincaré Prize (2006)  the Crafoord Prize (2008)  the Lorentz Medal (2010)  the Isaac Newton Medal (2010)  the Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
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