Nikita Nekrasov

Nikita Alexandrovich Nekrasov (Russian: Ники́та Алекса́ндрович Некра́сов; born 10 April 1973)[1] is a mathematical physicist and string theorist at Stony Brook University in New York, [2] and a Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Nikita Nekrasov
Born (1973-04-10) April 10, 1973
ResidenceFrance, United States
NationalityRussian, French
Alma materMoscow State School 57
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Princeton University
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Mathematics
Institutions Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Institute for Information Transmission Problems
Harvard University
Princeton University
Stony Brook University
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics


Nekrasov studied at the Moscow State 57th School in 1986–1989.[1][3] He graduated with honors from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1995, and joined the theory division of the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics. In parallel, in 1994–1996 Nekrasov did his graduate work at Princeton University, under the supervision of David Gross.[4] His Ph.D. thesis on Four Dimensional Holomorphic Theories was defended in 1996.

He was selected to become a Junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows at Harvard University from 1996–1999, then a Robert. H. Dicke Fellow at Princeton University from 1999 to 2000. In 2000 he became a permanent professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques.[3] During 2010 he was a visitor at the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University.[5] In 2013, he moved to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics as a full professor.


Nekrasov is mostly known for his work on supersymmetric gauge theory and string theory. The Nekrasov partition function, which he introduced in his 2002 paper,[6] relates in an intricate way the instantons in gauge theory, integrable systems, and representation theory of infinite-dimensional algebras. For his discovery of noncommutative instantons together with Albert Schwarz in 1998, noncommutative monopoles and monopole strings with David Gross in 2000 and for his work with Alexander S. Gorsky on the relations between gauge theories and many-body systems he was awarded the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand of the French Academy of Sciences in 2004. For his contributions to topological string theory and the ADHM construction he received the Hermann Weyl Prize in 2004. In 2008 together with Davesh Maulik, Andrei Okounkov and Rahul Pandharipande he formulated a set of conjectures relating Gromov–Witten theory and Donaldson–Thomas theory, for which the four authors were awarded the Compositio Prize in 2009.


  1. Who's Who in France. 2004.
  2. "Stony Brook Physics & Astronomy: $group".
  3. "Professional CV". Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  4. Nikita Nekrasov at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. "People at the CNYITP". Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  6. Nekrasov, Nikita A. (2004). "Seiberg-Witten prepotential from instanton calculus". Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. 7: 831–864. arXiv:hep-th/0206161. doi:10.4310/ATMP.2003.v7.n5.a4.
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