"What attracts me to physics is what it teaches us about the bigger picture. String theory is revealing the deepest understanding of the Universe we have ever had." ~ Cumrun Vafa
Cumrun Vafa is a physicist and recipient of both the prestigious Dirac Medal and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Born in Tehran, Iran, Vafa studied at North American universities before gaining a professorship at Harvard, where his research continues to this day. As a string theorist, his work focuses on the nature of quantum gravity and the profound relationship between geometry and quantum field theories.