Chris Adami

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Christoph Adami
BornAugust 30, 1962 (1962-08-30) (age 58)
Brussels, Belgium
Alma materUniversity of Bonn
Stony Brook University
Known forNegative quantum entropy
Digital evolution
AwardsFairchild 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)
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary Biology and Physics
InstitutionsStony Brook University

California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Keck Graduate Institute
Michigan State University
Academic advisorsGerald E. Brown
Doctoral studentsCharles 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. On July 31, 2019, He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The International Society for Artificial Life[5]


  • Adami, C.; Belew, R.; Kitano, H.; Taylor, C. (1998). Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press. ASIN 0262510995.
  • Adami, C. (1998). Introduction to Artificial Life. Springer Verlag. ISBN 0387946462.
  • Lenski, R. E.; Ofria, C.; Pennock, R. T.; Adami, C. (2003). "The evolutionary origin of complex features" (PDF). Nature. 423 (6936): 139–144. Bibcode:2003Natur.423..139L. doi:10.1038/nature01568. PMID 12736677.


  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.
  4. ^ "American Physical Society Announces 2017 Fellows".
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