Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. James A. Yorke

2003 Japan Prize Laureate

Science and Technology of Complexity
Creation of universal concepts in complex systems-chaos and fractals
Commemorative Lecture
The Phenomena of Chaotic Dynamics
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: August 3 1941
Academic Degrees:
1963 Columbia University A.B.
1966 University of Maryland Ph.D. Mathematics
Professional Career:
1966-67 Research Associate,
Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland
1967-69 Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
1969-73 Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland
1973-Present Professor, University of Maryland
1985-88 Acting Director of IPST, University of Maryland
1988-2001 Director of IPST, University of Maryland
Title: Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology, University of Maryland
Major Books and Papers:
  1. E. Ott, T. Sauer and J. A. Yorke, Coping with Chaos, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994.
  2. K. Alligood, T. Sauer and J. A. Yorke, Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamical Systems, Springer-Verlag, New York (1997).
  3. H. E. Nusse and J. A. Yorke, Dynamics: Numerical Explorations, Applied Mathematical Sciences 101, Springer-Verlag, New York, Second Edition 1997 (First Edition 1994). Book includes a computer disk with the program "Dynamics".
  4. C. Grebogi and. J. A. Yorke, Editors, The Impact of Chaos on Science and Society, United Nations University Press, Tokyo (1997). ISBN 92-808-0882-6.
  5. A. Lasota and J. A. Yorke, On the existence of invariant measures for piecewise monotonic transformations, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 186 481-488, 1973.
  6. T. Y. Li and J. A. Yorke, Period three implies chaos, Amer. Math. Monthly 82, 985-992, 1975.
  7. J. D. Farmer, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, The dimension of chaotic attractors, Physica 7D, 153-180, 1983.
  8. C. Grebogi, E. Ott, S. Pelikan and J. A. Yorke, Strange attractors that are not chaotic, Physica 13D, 261-268, 1984.
  9. S. W. McDonald, C. Grebogi, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, Fractal basin boundaries, in Physica 17D, 125-153, 1985.
  10. E. Ott, C. Grebogi and J. A. Yorke, Controlling chaos, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 1196-1199, 1990.
  11. T. Sauer, J. A. Yorke and M. Casdagli Embedology, J. Stat. Phys., 65, 579-616, 1991.
  12. T. Shinbrot, C. Grebogi, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, Using small perturbations to control chaos, Nature ,363, pp. 411-417, 1993.
  13. H. E. Nusse and J. A. Yorke, Basins of attraction, Science, 271, pp. 1376-1380, 1996.
Major Awards:
  • AAAS Fellow (1998)
  • American Physical Society
  • American Mathematical Society
  • The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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