Barton Zwiebach

Barton Zwiebach
Barton Zwiebach at Harvard University
Born (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954
Lima, Perú
Nationality Peru and United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería
California Institute of Technology
Known for String field theory
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical Physics
Institutions Harvard University
University of California
UC Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Murray Gell-Mann
Doctoral students Amer Iqbal

Barton Zwiebach (full name Barton Zwiebach Cantor, born October 4, 1954) is a string theorist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, born in Lima, Perú.


Zwiebach's undergraduate work was in Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Peru, from which he graduated in 1977.

His graduate work was in physics at the California Institute of Technology. Zwiebach obtained his Ph.D. in 1983, working under the supervision of Murray Gell-Mann. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and at MIT, where he became an assistant professor of physics in 1987, and a permanent member of the faculty in 1994.

He is one of the world's leading experts in string field theory. He wrote the textbook A First Course in String Theory (2004, ISBN 0-521-83143-1), meant for undergraduates.

Selected publications

Professor Zwiebach's publications are available on the SPIRES HEP Literature Database.

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