Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. James A. Yorke

Dr. James A. Yorke

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    3 August 1941

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2003 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Science and Technology of Complexity
  • Achievement:
    Creation of universal concepts in complex systems-chaos and fractals
  • Lecture:
    The Phenomena of Chaotic Dynamics

Major Awards

1998 AAAS Fellow


American Physical Society
American Mathematical Society
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

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


  • Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology, University of Maryland

Major Books and Papers

  • E. Ott, T. Sauer and J. A. Yorke, Coping with Chaos, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994.
  • K. Alligood, T. Sauer and J. A. Yorke, Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamical Systems, Springer-Verlag, New York (1997).
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • A. Lasota and J. A. Yorke, On the existence of invariant measures for piecewise monotonic transformations, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 186 481-488, 1973.
  • T. Y. Li and J. A. Yorke, Period three implies chaos, Amer. Math. Monthly 82, 985-992, 1975.
  • J. D. Farmer, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, The dimension of chaotic attractors, Physica 7D, 153-180, 1983.
  • C. Grebogi, E. Ott, S. Pelikan and J. A. Yorke, Strange attractors that are not chaotic, Physica 13D, 261-268, 1984.
  • S. W. McDonald, C. Grebogi, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, Fractal basin boundaries, in Physica 17D, 125-153, 1985.
  • E. Ott, C. Grebogi and J. A. Yorke, Controlling chaos, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 1196-1199, 1990.
  • T. Sauer, J. A. Yorke and M. Casdagli Embedology, J. Stat. Phys., 65, 579-616, 1991.
  • T. Shinbrot, C. Grebogi, E. Ott and J. A. Yorke, Using small perturbations to control chaos, Nature ,363, pp. 411-417, 1993.
  • H. E. Nusse and J. A. Yorke, Basins of attraction, Science, 271, pp. 1376-1380, 1996.
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