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Werner Nahm

Professor Werner Nahm FRS


Elected: 2011


Werner Nahm is a mathematical physicist who is best known for his development of Nahm equations, a series of nonlinear ordinary differential equations that extend the ADHM construction of instantons to magnetic monopoles. These equations have also found applications in differential geometry.

Werner’s other research highlights include his early work to classify all possible supersymmetries in space–time of various dimensions — thereby revealing the symmetries than have since been found to underlie both the different string theories as well as supergravity theory.

He has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Max Planck Medal for Theoretical Physics in 2013 and the Gold Medal in Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Society, he has been elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.