Dr. Jim Yorke

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    Mathematics, University of Maryland at College Park, MD

    Featured Author: James A. Yorke


    James A. Yorke received his A.B. in 1963 from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in 1966 from University of Maryland at College Park in Mathematics, after which he stayed at the University of Maryland as a member of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. Today he holds the title of Distinguished University Professor and is also a member of the Mathematics and Physics Departments.

    Dr. Yorke has received numerous honors and awards for his research. He was the First UMCP recipient of the University of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship in 1998, and received Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002 and Japan Prize Laureate in 2003. He was elected as Guggenheim fellow in 1980, AAAS Fellow in 1998 and Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2003. He was the 38th Annual Chaim Weizmann Memorial Lecturer in 1997, an APS Centennial Speaker in 1998-99, the Norbert Wiener Lecturer of Tufts University in 2006 and the Marker Lecturer in Mathematics of Penn State University in 2006.

    Dr. Yorke is perhaps best known to the general public for coining the mathematical term "chaos" with T.Y. Li in a 1975 paper entitled "Period Three Implies Chaos". The University of Maryland's Chaos Group is one of the best in the world, and the objective of Yorke's chaos research is to describe those robust properties that are common in the dynamics of physical, biological, and chemical systems. For more information, visit http://yorke.umd.edu.

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