Young UA Physicist Wins International Award for Nonlinear Science

Dec. 15, 2000


Associate Physics Professor Raymond E. Goldstein of the University of Arizona has been awarded the Pnevmatikos Award in Nonlinear Science for 2000, an international prize that is presented every two years to an outstanding researcher under the age of 40 in an area of nonlinear science.

The award is given in memory of Greek physicist Stephanos Pnevmatikos. The Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) established the award after Pnevmitakos' death in 1990 at age 33.

Goldstein received the award "for his contributions to the understanding of pattern formation involving the dynamics of filaments, interfaces and surfaces, combining powerful mathematical methods with penetrating physical arguments, numerical computations and experiments to clarify nonlinear phenomena in a wide variety of physical and biological systems."

Candidates must be outstanding researchers in nonlinear phenomena in the fields of nonlinear physics, mathematical physics and nonlinear disordered systems. .

Goldstein joined the UA physics faculty in 1996 from Princeton University. His Ph.D. work was at Cornell University, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Chicago. His research areas include theoretical and experimental studies of nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, with emphasis on fluid dynamics and biological physics.

Goldstein will receive the award, which includes a $9,000 monetary prize, during a June 13 - 16 conference in Iraklio, Crete. Previous recipients include Robert Mackay of Cambridge University, Yuri S. Kivshar of the Australian National University, George P. Tsironis of the University of Crete, and Alexei V. Ustinov of the Universitat Erlangen-Nuernberg.

FORTH, which is one of the two main national research centers in Greece, is supervised and partly funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Development. It fosters high quality basic research, innovative technology, collaborations with industrial partners within and outside Greece, creation of spin-off companies, promotion of specialized services and products, development of science and technology parks, and educational collaborations with universities.

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