Professor Emeritus

# Thomas Spencer

School of Mathematics

Mathematical Physics

Affiliation

Mathematics

Website

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*

- Mathematics

*Faculty*

- Mathematics

*Member*

- 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
1980–1986

*Professor*
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
1978–1980

*Professor*
The Rockefeller University
1975–1977

*Associate Professor*
Harvard University
1974–1975

*Postdoctoral Fellow*
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
1972–1974

*Postdoctoral Fellow*