Ford Lecture: "Looking and Seeing" by Mitchell J. Feigenbaum
March 30, 2011 - 11:00am
Dr. Feigenbaum received his Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970, under Francis E. Low. He was a research associate at Cornell University from 1970 to 1972 and a research associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1972 to 1974. He then moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was a staff member from 1974 to 1981 and a fellow from 1981 to 1982. (Dr. Feigenbaum, while creating his work on chaos, shared his office with Murray Gell-Mann in 1976.) From 1982 to 1986 he was a professor of physics at Cornell University. Dr. Feigenbaum was a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1978 and 1984. He joined Rockefeller University in 1986. In addition to being the university’s Toyota Professor, he is also director of the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology.
Among many awards, Dr. Feigenbaum received the 2008 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics for developing the theory of deterministic chaos and a 2005 New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology for his pioneering studies in chaos theory. In 1986 he was awarded Israel’s top scientific honor, the Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics. He was presented with a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1984, the Ernest O. Lawrence Award by the United States Department of Energy in 1982 and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Distinguished Performance Award in 1980. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987 and the National Academy of Sciences in 1988.