The Professor Who Would Not Leave

A nasty dispute taints the Institute for Advanced Study and the tenured scientist it tried to oust

Piet Hut tells the story this way: Less than a year ago, three trustees at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study called him to a meeting in Washington. They met in the office of James D. Wolfensohn, who heads the World Bank as well as the institute's Board of Trustees.

The three trustees faced the tenured professor across a coffee table, surrounded by photographs of Mr.