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NAKFI 2008 - Complex Systems

David K. Campbell

Dr. David K. Campbell is University Provost and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at Boston University, which he joined in 2000 as Dean of Engineering after serving for eight years as Professor and Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to his position at Illinois, Dr. Campbell was a co-founder and later Director of the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which he had joined in 1974 as the first J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow. A theoretical physicist/applied mathematician by training, Dr. Campbell received his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics in 1970. After completing his doctoral dissertation, he held post-doctoral positions at the UIUC (1970-72) and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1972-74).  Early in his research career Campbell studied problems in quantum field theory and elementary particle physics, including multi-particle production at high energy, semi-classical methods, and exotic states of matter at high density. Beginning in the late 1970s, Campbell focused his research on intrinsically nonlinear phenomena and on novel electronic materials. He is widely known for his studies of localized nonlinear excitations—“solitons,” polarons, bipolarons, “breathers,” and “intrinsic localized modes”—in many branches of physics but particularly in conducting polymers, magnetic systems, and related novel solid state systems. Beyond his individual research contributions, Campbell has been an international leader in the field of “nonlinear science” and has held visiting professorial positions in France, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Physics’ journal Chaos:An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute.