Vasily Pestun

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Alma mater
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (B.S. and M.S.)
  • Princeton University (Ph.D.)
AwardsHermann Weyl Prize (2016) ;
Scientific career
  • Mathematical physics
  • Quantum field theory
  • String theory
InstitutionsInstitut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
ThesisWilson loops in supersymmetric gauge theories (2008)
Doctoral advisorEdward Witten

Vasily Pestun is a theoretical physicist working on quantum field theory and string theory. Since 2014 he is a permanent professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), in Bures-sur-Yvette, France.


Vasily Pestun studied physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, where he graduated in 2003. In 2008 he obtained his PhD from Princeton University, working on “Wilson loops in supersymmetric gauge theories" under the supervision of Prof. Edward Witten. Between 2008 and 2011 he was a Harvard Junior Fellow. Between 2001 and 2014 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences. He has been a permanent professor at IHES since 2014.


Vasily Pestun’s research focuses on non-perturbative methods to solve strongly interacting quantum field theories[1]. His recent focus has been on supersymmetric localization techniques, which led to important results in supersymmetric gauge theories. In 2016 he was awarded the Hermann Weyl Prize "for his ground breaking results in the study of supersymmetric gauge theories, such as his ingenious computation of partition functions that led to the discovery of rich connections between four-dimensional and two-dimensional quantum field theories."[2]


  1. "Vasily Pestun IHES". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  2. "Notices of the AMS, Volume 63, Number 5" (PDF).

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