James Stone

Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Computational Astrophysics

Affiliation

Natural Sciences

Home Institution

Institute for Advanced Study

James Stone has developed novel numerical algorithms that have shaped the field of computational astrophysics and ushered in a new era of precision simulations with a wide range of applications. Stone's research is focused on fluid dynamics, particularly magnetohydrodynamics, for which he has developed some of the most powerful and widely used astrophysical codes. He has contributed groundbreaking methods to address some of the field's most challenging problems, resulting in foundational insights into the nature of giant molecular clouds, the evolution of accretion disks, the process of planetary migration, and the phenomena of radiation transport.

Dates at IAS

Faculty
School of Natural Sciences

Degrees

University of Illinois
Ph.D.
1990
Queen's University, Kingston
M.Sc.
1986
Queen's University, Kingston
B.Sc.
1984

Honors

2018
Dirk Brouwer Career Award, American Astronomical Society
2013
Fellow, American Physical Society
2011
Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, American Physical Society
1995
Graduate Research Board Award, University of Maryland
1990–92
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Astronomical Society; American Physical Society; International Astronomical Union

Appointments

Princeton University, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Professor 2003–19
Princeton University, Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Chair 2016–19; Lyman Spitzer Jr. Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics 2016–19; Professor 2003–19; Associate Chair 2007–09
The Princeton Institute for Computer Science and Engineering
Associate Director, then Director
Princeton University, Fund for Canadian Studies
Director
University of Cambridge
Professor of Mathematical Physics (1978)
University of Maryland
Professor of Astronomy 2001–03; Associate Director, Graduate Program in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation 2001–02; Associate Professor of Astronomy 1997–2001; Assistant Professor of Astronomy 1991–97
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Senior Visiting Fellow