Thomas Spencer

Professor Emeritus
School of Mathematics

Mathematical Physics

Affiliation

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.

Henri Poincaré Prize, 2015

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
School of Mathematics
Faculty
School of Mathematics
Member
School of Mathematics

Degrees

New York University
Ph.D.
1972
University of California, Berkeley
B.A.
1968

Honors

Awards: Henri Poincaré Prize 2015; American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics 1991; Sloan Fellowship 1976
Editorships: Annals of Mathematics, Associate Editor 1987–; Communications in Mathematical Physics, Associated Editor 1982–; Journal of Statistical Physics, Associate Editor, 1982–
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences

Appointments

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Professor
The Rockefeller University
Associate Professor
Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Postdoctoral Fellow