APS Honor Recipients
Santa Fe Institute
Recipient of the 2021 Leo P. Kadanoff Prize
For leadership in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries by applying and advancing deep concepts and methods of statistical physics to gain novel insights into diverse real-world phenomena.
About the Recipient
Sid Redner received an A.B. in Physics with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972 and a physics Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. After a postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined the Boston University physics faculty in 1978, where he remained until 2014. He served two terms as Acting Chair and one term as Department Chair. Since 2014, he has been a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Sid's research in non-equilibrium statistical physics has focused on models of social dynamics, phase-ordering kinetics, aggregation and fragmentation processes, the structure of complex networks, as well as diffusion and first-passage processes and their applications. He has written nearly 300 journal articles and two books: the monograph "A Guide to First-Passage Processes" and the graduate text, jointly with P. L. Krapivsky and E. Ben-Naim, "A Kinetic View of Statistical Physics", both published by Cambridge University Press. Sid is a Fellow of the APS. He was a Visiting Scientist at Schlumberger Research and the Ulam Scholar in the CNLS at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was also a visiting professor at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, Université Paris 6, Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, and Université Paris 11. He has served as a Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Statistical Physics and the Journal of Statistical Mechanics.
About the Leo P. Kadanoff Prize
The Kadanoff Prize recognizes scientists whose theoretical, experimental, or computational achievements have opened new vistas for statistical and or nonlinear physics.
The Kadanoff Prize was conceived and proposed by the APS Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP) to honor the memory and celebrate the remarkable legacy of Leo Kadanoff. Kadanoff, who served as APS president from 2007-2008, had an enormous impact on statistical and nonlinear physics. He himself was the recipient of many of the field's most prestigious awards. His influence was broad and his originality deep — broader and deeper than a list of his research papers would suggest. His accessible approach to the renormalization group has been emulated in an array of fields and his lectures and popular writings have inspired a generation of scientists. The Kadanoff Prize was established in 2018 with contributions from the family, friends, and collaborators of Leo Kadanoff, and individual donations from a broad spectrum of the American Physical Society. The Prize was fully endowed soon after by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.