California Institute of Technology
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Ooguri has made fundamental contributions to quantum field theory and string theory. He uncovered a rich mathematical structure in string theory on a Calabi-Yau manifold, developed powerful mathematical tools to compute topological string amplitudes, and found their applications to knot invariants and to the black hole entropy. His work on conformal field theory in two dimensions has had significant impacts, and his discovery of the Mathieu moonshine opened a new line of research at the interface of geometry, finite groups, and mock modular forms. He has elucidated aspects of the holographic principle and deepened our understanding of quantum gravity.