Nigel Goldenfeld

Department of Physics
Loomis Laboratory
University of Illinois
1110 W. Green
Urbana, IL 61801

Tel: 217-333-8027
Fax: 217-333-9819

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Nigel Goldenfeld holds a Swanlund Endowed Chair and is a Center for Advanced Study Professor in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is the Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology at UIUC, and leads the Biocomplexity Group at the University's Institute for Genomic Biology. Nigel received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1982, and for the years 1982-1985 was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1996, Nigel co-founded NumeriX, a company that specializes in high-performance software for the derivatives marketplace.   He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and Physical Biology. Selected honours include: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, University Scholar of the University of Illinois, the Xerox Award for research, the A. Nordsieck award for excellence in graduate teaching and the American Physical Society's Leo P. Kadanoff Prize. Nigel is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Current Research Interests: please see Nigel's research group's homepage.


Articles and talks



  • 563 (Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group)
  • 569 (Emergent states of matter)
  • 504 (Statistical Mechanics)
  • 598BIO (Biological information and complexity)

View Nigel's Commencement Address to the UIUC Department of Mathematics (2008).

View "Collective Effects", Nigel's acceptance speech at the investiture of the Swanlund Endowed Chair