|Born||August 30, 1962 (age 57)|
|Alma mater||University of Bonn|
Stony Brook University
|Known for||Negative quantum entropy|
|Awards||Fairchild Prize Fellowship (1992)|
Caltech President's Fund Award (1996)
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2002)
Fellow of the AAAS (2012) Fellow of the American Physical Society (2017)
|Fields||Evolutionary Biology and Physics|
|Institutions||Stony Brook University|
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. 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, 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. He was also elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2017. On July 31, 2019, He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The International Society for Artificial Life
- Adami, C.; Belew, R.; Kitano, H.; Taylor, C. (1998). Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press.
- Adami, C. (1998). Introduction to Artificial Life. Springer Verlag.
- Lenski, R. E.; Ofria, C.; Pennock, R. T.; Adami, C. (2003). "The evolutionary origin of complex features" (PDF). Nature. 423: 139–144. Bibcode:2003Natur.423..139L. doi:10.1038/nature01568. PMID 12736677.
- "Chris Adami bio". anderson.ucla.edu. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07.
- Adami, C. (2006). "Digital Genetics: unravelling the genetic basis of evolution". Nature Reviews Genetics. 7 (2): 109–118. doi:10.1038/nrg1771. PMID 16418746.
- "MSU earns record number of AAAS Fellows". news.msu.edu. December 14, 2011.
- Adami's website at Michigan State University
- Adami's public site at Michigan State University
- List of publications at Google Scholar
- Adami's Blog "Spherical Harmonics"
- Adami's [HuffPost] Blog
- The Evolutionary Origin of Complex Adaptive Features 2003 Nature Paper
- Christoph Adami at TED