Prize Recipient

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David P. Landau
University of Georgia


"For the development of accurate Monte Carlo sampling and Renormalization Group Techniques, the study of the kinetics of aggregation and gelation in polymer systems, and for numerous contributions to the development and application of molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo methods."


David P. Landau received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1963 and a Ph.D. in 1967 from Yale University under the direction of Werner Wolf. After a postdoctoral year at CNRS Grenoble, he was Lecturer at Yale University before moving to the University of Georgia in 1969. Although intending to continue experimental research, he instead initiated Monte Carlo studies of phase transitions. He is currently Distinguished Research Professor of Physics at the University of Georgia and Director of the Center for Simulational Physics.

He is author/co-author of 300 publications, co-author (with Kurt Binder) of a successful graduate textbook, A Guide to Monte Carlo Simulations in Statistical Physics, and Principal Editor for Computer Physics Communications. For 30 years he has studied classical and quantum systems, emphasizing the importance of high quality simulations, coupled with theoretically grounded analysis, to describe diverse systems. With students and collaborators he recently developed new spin-dynamics methods and an improved Monte Carlo method that samples densities of states of statistical systems instead of probability distributions.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, received the SESAPS Jesse Beams Award and the Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist award.

Selection Committee:

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia (Chair), Shiyi Chen, Michael Creutz ('00 Rcpnt), Priya Vashista (Vice Chair), Richard M. Martin