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Steven Strogatz

 Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, and is currently Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics.  He holds a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Mathematics) and the College of Engineering (Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering).  

After receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton in 1980, Strogatz spent two years as a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He did his doctoral work in applied mathematics at Harvard, and then stayed for three years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. From 1989 to 1994, Strogatz taught in the Department of Mathematics at MIT, and then joined the Cornell faculty in 1994. 

He has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, and public service, including: a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1990); MIT's highest teaching prize, the E. M. Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1991); the J.P. and Mary Barger '50 Teaching Award (1997), the Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Teaching Award (2001), the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award (2006), and the Swanson Teaching Award (2009), all from Cornell's College of Engineering; and the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (2007), a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public.  In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his "investigations of small-world networks and coupled oscillators and for outstanding science communication." 

Professor Strogatz has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's RadioLab and is currently writing a weekly column on mathematics for the New York Times.  He has also filmed a series of 24 lectures on Chaos for the Teaching Company's Great Courses series, available on DVD. He is the author of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (1994) and Sync (2003).  His most recent book, The Calculus of Friendship, was published in August 2009.


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