Centre College will host eminent physicist Harry L. Swinney for a convocation entitled “Universality in Nature” on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Young Hall, room 113. He will also give a talk entitled “Collective Dynamics, Deadly Competition, and Shape Shifting in Bacterial Colonies” on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:20 a.m. in Olin Hall, room 124.
Swinney is the Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair and Professor of Physics at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin. One of his main areas of study, which he will discuss during the convocation, is pattern formation in a variety of fluid, chemical, solid, granular, and biological systems. Alongside his focus on scientific development, Swinney maintains a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
Swinney received a B.S. in physics from Rhodes College and a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of a number of academies and organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Among his many achievements, Swinney has been presented national and international awards such as the American Physical Society Fluid Dynamics Prize and the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal of the European Geophysical Union.
Assistant professor of physics Bruce Rodenborn will be Swinney’s faculty host during his time at Centre.