Thomas Spencer

School of Mathematics
Mathematical Physics
Field of Study
Mathematical Physics

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

Faculty: Mathematics


Member: Mathematics

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