Thomas Spencer

Thomas Spencer
School of Mathematics

Thomas Spencer has made major contributions to the theory of phase transitions and the study of singularities at the transition temperature. In special cases, he and his collaborators have proved universality at the transition temperature. Spencer has also worked on partial differential equations with stochastic coefficients, especially localization theory. He is presently developing a mathematical theory of supersymmetric path integrals to study the quantum dynamics of a particle in random media. His other interests include random matrices, chaotic behavior of dynamical systems, and nonequilibrium theories of turbulence.

New York University, Ph.D. 1972; Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, Postdoctoral Fellow 1972–74, Professor 1980–86; Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow 1974–75; The Rockefeller University, Associate Professor 1975–77; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor 1978–80; Institute for Advanced Study, Member 1984, Professor 1986–; Sloan Fellowship 1976; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; National Academy of Sciences, Member; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1991

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