Chris Adami

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Christoph Adami
Born August 30, 1962 (1962-08-30) (age 55)
Brussels, Belgium
Residence United States
Nationality Germany
Alma mater University of Bonn
Stony Brook University
Known for Negative quantum entropy
Digital evolution

Fairchild Prize Fellowship (1992)

President's Fund Award (1996)
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2002)
Fellow of the AAAS (2012)
Scientific career
Fields Evolutionary Biology and Physics

Stony Brook University
California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Keck Graduate Institute
Michigan State University
Academic advisors Gerald E. Brown
Doctoral students Charles Ofria

Christoph Carl Herbert "Chris" Adami (born August 30, 1962) is a professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, as well as professor of Physics and Astronomy, at Michigan State University. Adami was born in Brussels, Belgium, and graduated from the European School of Brussels I. He obtained a Diplom in Physics from the University of Bonn and an MA and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Stony Brook University in 1991.[1] . Adami was a Division Prize Fellow in the lab of Steven E. Koonin at the California Institute of Technology from 1992-1995, and was subsequently on the Caltech faculty as a Senior Research Associate. Before joining Michigan State University, he was a professor of Applied Life Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California. Adami is best known for his work on Avida, an artificial life simulator used to study evolutionary biology,[2], and for applying the theory of information to physical and biological systems. Together with Nicolas J. Cerf, Adami made significant advances in the quantum theory of information in the late 1990s.


He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal while serving at JPL, and was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2012.[3] He was also elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society[4] in 2017.



  1. ^ "Chris Adami bio". 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. 
  2. ^ Adami, C. (2006). "Digital Genetics: unravelling the genetic basis of evolution". Nature Reviews Genetics. 7 (2): 109–118. doi:10.1038/nrg1771. PMID 16418746. 
  3. ^ "MSU earns record number of AAAS Fellows". December 14, 2011. 
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