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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

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PeopleInstitutions

David R. Nelson

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Dates

May 9, 1951 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Nelson, David R., 1951-

Additional Forms of Names

Nelson, D. (David), 1951-

Biography

Abstract

David Nelson is Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics at Harvard University (2004-present). His research interests include the interplay between fluctuations, geometry and statistical mechanics, as well as vortex physics and topological defects on frozen topographies and biophysics.

Important Dates

May 9, 1951Birth, Stuttgart (Germany).

1972Obtained AB, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1974Obtained MS, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1957Obtained PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1975 – presentJunior Fellow, Society of Fellows (1975-1978); Associate Professor of Physics (1978-1980); Professor of Physics and Applied Physics (1980-present); Chair, Department of Physics (1997-2000); and Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics (2004-present), Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1984Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

1994Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2004Awarded Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society.

Occupation

Condensed matter physicist.

Places

Birth

Stuttgart (Germany)

Undergraduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Condensed matter.

Fluctuations (Physics).

Polymers.

Statistical mechanics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Fisher, Michael E. (Michael Ellis)

PhD advisor at Cornell University, "Applications of the Renormalization to Critical Phenomena."

Colleagues

Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bloembergen, N.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Brooks, Harvey

Both employed at Harvard University.

Coleman, Sidney, 1937-2007

Both employed at Harvard University.

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Gabrielse, Gerald

Both employed at Harvard University.

Gates, S. James

Both employed at Harvard University.

Georgi, Howard

Both employed at Harvard University.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Halperin, Bertrand I.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Haroche, S.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Hooft, G. 't

Both employed at Harvard University.

Huth, John Edward

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Maldacena, Juan Martin, 1968-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Martin, Paul Cecil, 1931-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Meyer, Robert B.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Murray, Cherry Ann

Both employed at Harvard University.

Nelson, Ann E. (Ann Elizabeth)

Both employed at Harvard University.

Polchinski, Joseph Gerard

Both employed at Harvard University.

Politzer, H. David, 1949-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pound, Robert V.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Quinn, Helen R.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at Harvard University.

Randall, Lisa

Both employed at Harvard University.

Shapiro, Marjorie

Both employed at Harvard University.

Steinhardt, Paul J.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Strominger, Andrew Eben

Both employed at Harvard University.

Stubbs, Christopher

Both employed at Harvard University.

Tinkham, Michael

Both employed at Harvard University.

Vafa, Cumrun

Both employed at Harvard University.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Weitz, David A.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wise, Mark B., 1953-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Witten, E.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wu, Tai Tsun

Both employed at Harvard University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Department Chair; Junior Fellow; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics.

Harvard University. Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Professor of Applied Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 2004 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize.

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1972), MS (1974), and PhD (1975).

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Fellowship.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

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