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Nigel Goldenfeld (born May 1, 1957) is a Swanlund Chair,[2] Professor of Physics Department in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology,[3] and the leader of the Biocomplexity group at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Goldenfeld is a co-founder of Numerix and the author of the textbook "Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group," a widely used graduate textbook in statistical physics.

Nigel Goldenfeld
BornMay 1, 1957 (1957-05) (age 62)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materCambridge University
Known forPhase Transition and the Renormalization Group
Dynamics and Pattern Formation
D-Wave Superconductivity
AwardsMember of US National Academy of Sciences (2010)[1]
Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010)
Fellow of American Physical Society (1995)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics and Evolutionary Biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisorSir Sam Edwards

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