James Stone

School of Natural Sciences
Computational Astrophysics
Natural Sciences
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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
  • Natural Sciences
University of Illinois Ph.D., 1990
Queen's University, Kingston M.Sc., 1986
Queen's University, Kingston B.Sc., 1984
Dirk Brouwer Career Award, American Astronomical Society 2018
Fellow, American Physical Society 2013
Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, American Physical Society 2011
Graduate Research Board Award, University of Maryland 1995
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship 1990–92
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Astronomical Society; American Physical Society; International Astronomical Union
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 2009–2017 Associate Director, then Director
Princeton University, Fund for Canadian Studies 2014–2016 Director
University of Cambridge 2002–2003 Professor of Mathematical Physics (1978)
University of Maryland 1991–2003 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 1998–1999 Senior Visiting Fellow