Joseph Ford Commemorative Lecture


Dr. Joseph Ford was one of the pioneers in the field of chaotic dynamics in the 1960's and spent most of his 34-year career at the Georgia Tech School of Physics furthering this discipline.

He dedicated his time between research, in which he was supported largely by the National Science Foundation, and education, either through conferences or in the classroom. This commemorative lecture is named to honor Joe’s Memory and influence as a scientist, teacher and colleague in both the Georgia Tech campus and the scientific global community.

Past Ford Lecture Speakers

  • 2013: Philip Holmes, Princeton University (video)
  • 2012: David Farrelly, Utah State University (video)
  • 2011: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University
  • 2009: Sir Roger Penrose, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University (video)
  • 2008: Giulio Casati, Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems, Universita’ dell’Insubria, Como, Italy
  • 2007: Edward A. Spiegel, Columbia University
  • 2006: A. Douglas Stone, Department of Applied Physics, Yale University
  • 2005: Bruno Eckhardt, University of Marlburg, Germany
  • 2004: Franco Vivaldi, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2003: Jerry P. Gollub, Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania
  • 2001: Eric J. Heller, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University
  • 1996: Sir Michael Berry
  • 1995: M.G. Raizen, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin