Title of talk: *“Unravelling the Universe with Mathematical Puzzles”*

Cumrun Vafa is a professor in physics at Harvard University, where he has been teaching and performing research since 1985. He was born in Iran 1960 and later moved to the US where he obtained his B.S. in mathematics and physics from MIT and then his PhD in theoretical physics from Princeton University.

With over 200 scientific publications, Professor Vafa has made many profound contributions to theoretical physics. Professor Vafa’s research is focused on string theory and the mathematical tools that are needed to explore it. For his groundbreaking work he has received several prizes such as the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2008 Dirac Medal of ICTP. He has also been awarded prizes for his work within mathematical physics from American Physical Society and American Mathematical Society.

More information can be found at his personal webpage.