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Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University

Adilson E. Motter is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in March 2006, he held positions as Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany, and as Director's Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2002 from UNICAMP, Brazil, where he worked with Professor Patricio S. Letelier. Recent awards received by Professor Motter include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, the Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research, a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the Erdös-Rényi Prize in Network Science, and a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Physics. He has been featured among the 30 promising scientists under the age of 40 born in Latin America identified by the Chilean magazine Qué Pasa and the international organization, and selected Outstanding Referee of the APS. Professor Motter is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Motter's research is focused on complex systems and nonlinear phenomena, primarily in the realm of chaos, fractals, statistical physics, complex networks, and biological physics.


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    Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University