Paul Chaikin

New York University

Biographical SummaryPaul Chaikin

Paul Chaikin is a Silver Professor of Physics at NYU and co-founder of the Center for Soft Matter Research. He is a condensed matter experimentalist with interests in both soft and hard matter systems. Current research includes: artificial systems that self –replicate and evolve, self-assembly and self-organization, active matter and driven systems, nanolithography with diblock copolymers, photonic non-crystals and low dimensional conductors and superconductors. 

Previous positions included professorships in Physics at UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University where he is the Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics Emeritus. He has been a consultant at NEC Research, Solvay, MARS, and is a long time consultant at Exxon Research.

He received his B. S. in Physics from Caltech in 1966 and PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society (1984), the Institute of Physics (London) (2004), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003) and a member of the National Academy of Science (2004).

He has served on many APS committees including McMillan and Buckley Prizes, Nominating Committee and DCMP Nominating Committee and is the past Chair of the Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public. Likewise he has been on many NRC and NAS committees including the Solid State Sciences Committee.

His honors include: Sloan, Guggenheim and Rothschild-Mayent Fellowships, the 2009 World Technology Award for Materials, and lectureships at Harvard (Loeb), Toronto (Welsh), UC London (Bragg) and Oxford (Hinshelwood) among others.

Candidate's Statement

The goals of the APS should be to foster awareness in government, business and society as a whole of the contributions that have and will be made by scientific investigation and discovery, so that both the most daring and fundamental as well as the most useful research will be supported. Further we should aim to lift the level of analytic and scientific reasoning in the country and its policy makers. In these pursuits physics stands out. However, to achieve these goals it is important to collaborate with other domestic scientific societies and with physics societies abroad. There are tremendous opportunities to be found in competition and collaboration with the rapidly developing physics communities in Asia and much to be learned from European colleagues in the areas of diversification of participation in physics research and recognition of its societal importance.

If elected as Chair-elect of the Nominating Committee I will seek candidates who share these goals and aim high in achieving them.


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