Loomis Laboratory of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 West Green Street
IL 61801-3080
Phone: 217-333-8027
Fax: 217-333-9819 (not private)

Nigel Goldenfeld

Personal Information Date of birth: 1 May, 1957
Citizenship: USA & UK
Present Position Swanlund Endowed Chair and Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Awards Received

Elected Professor, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC (2013)
Elected Fellow of Institute of Physics, UK (2011)
Elected Member, US National Academy of Sciences (2010)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010)
Rosenqvist Lecturer, University of Oslo (2010)
Swanlund Endowed Chair (2007 - present)

Norman Hascoe Distinguished Lecturer, University of Connecticut (2008)
Arthur O. Williams Lecturer, Brown University (2008)
A.E. Nordsieck Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2001)
APS Centennial Speaker (1999)
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1995)
National Science Foundation Creativity Award (1997)
University Scholar of the University of Illinois (1994-1997)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1987-1991)
Xerox Award for Junior Faculty Research (1991)
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, McMaster University (1989)
Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study, Urbana (1988)
Exhibitioner, Pembroke College (1976)

Numerous appearances on the University of Illinois Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent

Professional Experience
2013-present Director, Center for Universal Biology -- A NASA Astrobiology Institute @ UIUC


Swanlund Endowed Chair
2005 – present Leader, Biocomplexity Theme, Institute for Genomic Biology
2003 Senior Visitor, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
1995 – present Professor of Physics, University of Illinois
1996 Founder, NumeriX LLC
1991 – 1995 Associate Professor, University of Illinois
1985 – 1991 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
1988 Visiting Scientist, Stanford University
1982 – 1985 Postdoc, Insititute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
1979 – 1982 Graduate student, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
1976 – 1979 Undergraduate, Pembroke College, Cambridge
1976  Research Assistant, National Physical Laboratory, England
Research Interests Dynamics of pattern forming systems, multi-scale modeling, phase transitions kinetics, front propagation, turbulence, renormalization group theory for differential equations and singular perturbations, critical phenomena, disordered systems, high temperature superconductivity, polymers and liquid crystals, computational finance, evolutionary biology, ecology

Research continually funded by the National Science Foundation since 1985, and by NASA and the US Department of Energy..

Additional professional activities

Member, NAS Comstock Prize Committee (2013)
Editorial Board of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2009-present)
Member, APS Oliver E. Buckley Prize Commitee (2009)
Editorial Board of Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (2008-present)

Reviewer, New directions for understanding systemic risk. (Fed Res. NY/NAS report, 2007)
Organiser, Program on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology, KITP
         UC Santa Barbara, 2003.
International Advisory Committee, Renormalization Group 2000
Chair, APS Lars Onsager Prize Committee (1998)
Member, APS Lars Onsager Prize Committee (1997)
Editorial Board of International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (1996-present)
International Advisory Committee, Renormalization Group 1996
APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Program Committee (1995)
US Dept. of Energy Applied Mathematics Panel (1992)

Reviewer for Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters and other journals; National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation and other government and private grant-awarding agencies.

19 students supervised to Ph.D, 21 postdocs

Education 1979 – 1982 University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Ph.D Theoretical Physics
  • Advisor: Prof. Sir Sam Edwards, FRS
  • Title: Statistical Mechanics of Polymers in the Solid State

1976 – 1979 University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
B.A. (Cantab) Natural Sciences

  • Specialising in theoretical physics