Chris Adami

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Christoph Adami
Born August 30, 1962 (1962-08-30) (age 53)
Brussels, Belgium
Residence United States
Nationality Germany
Fields Evolutionary Biology and Physics

Stony Brook University
California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Keck Graduate Institute
Michigan State University
Alma mater University of Bonn
Stony Brook University
Academic advisors Gerald E. Brown
Doctoral students Charles Ofria
Known for Negative quantum entropy
Digital evolution
Notable awards

Fairchild Prize Fellowship (1992)

President's Fund Award (1996)
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2002)
Fellow of the AAAS (2012)

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] He 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. He is also an adviser to the Microbes Mind Forum.


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



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

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