David Robert Nelson

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David R. Nelson (born September 5, 1951, Stuttgart) is an American physicist,[1] and Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics, at Harvard University.[2]

Education and research[edit]

Nelson graduated from Cornell University Summa cum laude in 1972, with a MS in 1974, and with a Ph.D. in 1975. He was in the fourth and final class of Cornell's short-lived "Six-year Ph.D. program".[3] Since 1978 he has been a professor at Harvard University.

His research is in the field of condensed matter. Together with Bertrand Halperin, he has established the theory of dislocation-mediated melting in two dimensions.



  • D.R. Nelson and J.M. Kosterlitz, "Universal Jump in the Superfluid Density of Two-Dimensional Superfluids" Phys. Rev. Lett. 39: 1201 (1977).
  • D.R. Nelson and B.I. Halperin, "Dislocation-mediated melting in two dimensions." Phys. Rev. B 19: 2457 (1979).
  • D.R. Nelson, "Order frustration and defects in liquids and glasses." Phys. Rev. B 28: 5515 (1983).
  • D.R. Nelson and L. Peliti, "Fluctuations in membranes with crystalline and hexatic order." Journal de Physique 48: 1085 (1987).
  • D.R. Nelson, "Vortex entanglement in high temperature superconductors." Phys. Rev. Lett. 60: 1973 (1988).
  • D.R. Nelson and V. Vinokur, "Boson localization and correlated pinning of superconducting vortex arrays." Phys. Rev. B 48: 13060 (1993).
  • N. Hatano and D.R. Nelson, "Vortex pinning and non-Hermitian quantum mechanics." Phys. Rev. B 56: 8651 (1997).
  • D.R. Nelson and N. Shnerb, "Non-Hermitian localization and population biology." Phys. Rev. E 58: 1383 (1998).
  • D. Lubensky and D.R. Nelson, "Single molecule statistics and the polynucleotide unzipping transition," Phys. Rev. E 65, 03917 (2002).


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