(b. December, 1941) is a Distinguished University Professor, and Yuen Sang and Yuen Kit So Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is well-known for his fundamental works in the field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He has been awarded the 2014 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of American Physical society for his most outstanding contributions in physics.
Dr. Ott received his B.S (Electrical Engineering) from The Cooper Union in
1963. He earned his M.S. (1964) and Ph.D.(1967) in Electrophysics from the
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Dr. Ott worked in the Department of
Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge
as an NSF Postdoctoral fellow during 1967-1968. He then joined the faculty
of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University before
taking up his present position at the University of Maryland (College Park) in 1979.
Dr. Ott's research interests are nonlinear dynamics & chaos and plasma
theory. At Maryland, he did his most influential works on basic theory and
applications of chaos including transitions in chaotic dynamics,
controlling chaos, chaotic scattering, fractal basin boundaries, fractals, transport and Lagrangian chaos in fluids, fast magnetic dynamos and weather forecasting. His current research interests are the dynamics of large network of coupled systems, wave chaos and state estimation of large spatiotemporally chaotic systems.
Dr. Ott has more than 375 research publications to his credit. He has authored the book titled Chaos in Dynamical Systems. He is also an editor of the book named Coping with Chaos - a collection of reprints on how to observe, quantify, and control chaos. Dr. Ott is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Prof. Edward Ott has been listed by the Institute for Scientific
Information as one of the world's 100 most cited physicists.
(originally featured on 21 December 2006)
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