BIOGRAPHY OF JOEL LEBOWITZ
JOEL L. LEBOWITZ (born May 10, 1930 in Taceva) is a distinguised mathematical physicist widely acknowledged for his
outstanding contributions to statistical physics, statistical
mechanics and many other fields of mathematics and physics.
Joel Lebowitz is the George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Rutgers University.
Joel Lebowitz was born in Taceva, then in Czechoslovakia, now Ukraine, in 1930. During the second world war
he was deported with his family to Auschwitz, where his father, his mother, and his younger sister were killed in 1944.
After being liberated from the camp, he moved to United States by boat, and he studied in an orthodox Jewish school,
at Brooklyn College, and at Syracuse University. Here he got a PhD in 1956 under the supervision of Peter G. Bergmann.
Then he continued his research with Lars Onsager, at Yale University, where he got a faculty position.
He moved to the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1957 and to the Belfer Graduate School of Science of
Yeshiva University in 1959. Finally he got a faculty position at Rutgers University in 1977, where he holds the
prestigious George William Hill Professor position.
In 1975 he founded the Journal of Statistical Physics. In 1979 he was president of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Joel Lebowitz has had many important contributions to statistical mechanics and mathematical physics.
He proved, along with Eliott Lieb, that the Coulomb interactions obey the thermodynamic limit. He also established what
are now known as Lebowitz inequalities for the ferromagnetic Ising model. His current interests are in problems of
non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.
On a more administerial note, he founded the Journal of Statistical Physics in 1975, which happens to be one of the most important journals in the field. He has also hosted the biannual series of conferences first at Yeshiva University and later continuing at Rutgers University.
Joel Lebowitz has published about six hundred papers concerning statistical physics and science in general.
His full BIBLIOGRAPHY consists of about 600 items.
He has been awarded several honors, as like the Boltzmann Medal (1992), the Henri Poincare' Prize (2000),
the Nicholson Medal (1994) awared by the American Physical Society, the Volterra Award (2001), Max-Planck Medal (2007),
and many others. David Ruelle has defined Joel Lebowitz as the soul of statistical mechanics in his Lecture devoted
to the works of Lebowitz.
He has been president of the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
Joel Lebowitz is scientist and HUMANIST par excellence. He is also an active member of the human rights community.
The representative presentation of his ideas gives his talk:
SCIENCE, MORALITY AND HUMAN CONDITIONS:
A sermon for the Unitarian Society of New Brunswick, November 19, 1989.
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