David Kelly Campbell

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David Kelly Campbell
Born (1944-07-23) July 23, 1944 (age 75)
Alma materHarvard College
University of Cambridge
Scientific career
FieldsHigh energy physics, condensed matter physics, chaos theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Institute for Advanced Study
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Boston University

David Kelly Campbell is an American theoretical physicist and academic leader. His research has spanned high energy physics, condensed matter physics and nonlinear dynamics. He also served as Physics Department Head at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Dean of the College Engineering at Boston University, and Boston University Provost.


  • B.A. in Chemistry and Physics, summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1966.
  • Part III, Mathematics Tripos, distinction, University of Cambridge, 1967.
  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1970.

Professional Employment[edit]

  • Fellow Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
  • Member, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1974-1977
  • Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1977-1992
  • Director, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • Professor and Head, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 1992-2000
  • Dean College of Engineering, Boston University, 2000-2005
  • University Provost, Boston University, 2005-2011

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Sophia Freund Prize (highest ranking graduate), Harvard College, 1966.
  • Marshall Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 1966-68.
  • National Academy of Sciences Exchange Scientist to Soviet Union, 1977.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Dijon, Dijon, France, 1984 and 1985.
  • Ministry of Education Exchange Scientist to People's Republic of China, 1986.
  • New Mexico Eminent Scholar, 1989.
  • Emil Warburg Lecturer, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1990.
  • Toshiba Lecturer, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, 1994.
  • Deutschebank Distinguished Lecturer, Frankfurt, Germany, 1994.
  • C. N. Yang Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1996.
  • Stanislaw M. Ulam Scholar, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, August 1998-August 1999.
  • Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society, 2010 (jointly with Shlomo Havlin)
  • Visiting Scholar, International Institute of Physics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil, 2014-2016
  • Gauss Professor, Akademie der Wissenschaft zur Göttingen, 2014-2015
  • Fellow[1] of the American Physical Society[2][3] for significant contributions in theoretical physics to quantum field theory, condensed-matter physics, computational physics, and non-linear science, and for his leadership role in the development of institutional programs in nonlinear science both at Los Alamos and internationally.


  1. ^ "APS Fellowship". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  2. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  3. ^ "APS Fellows 1990". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2017-04-20.