Geoffrey C. Fox

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Geoffrey Fox at Indiana in 2004
Geoffrey Charles Fox

(1944-06-07) June 7, 1944 (age 78)
Alma materCambridge University
Known forCyberinfrastructure, E-Science, High Performance Computing, Matrix Multiplication
AwardsACM Fellow
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Mayhew Prize (1964)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science, physics
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Florida State University, Indiana University
ThesisScattering of Particles with Spin And Electromagnetic Interactions (1967)
Doctoral advisorRichard J. Eden
Other academic advisorsRichard Feynman[citation needed]

Geoffrey Charles Fox (born 7 June 1944) is a British-born American theoretical physicist and computer scientist, and distinguished professor of informatics and computing, and physics at Indiana University.

Fox was educated at the Leys School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1964, he was the senior wrangler at Cambridge, the best performer in the mathematics tripos.[1] In the same year, he also played in the annual chess match against Oxford University.[citation needed]

He was awarded a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cambridge University in 1967 and worked with Caltech,[2] NPAC at Syracuse University from 1990 to 2000, [3] and Florida State University[4] before becoming a professor at Indiana University, where he is the director of the Digital Science Center and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the School of Informatics and Computing.

He has supervised the Ph.D. of 65 students and published over 1200 publications in physics and computer science according to Google Scholar, including his book Parallel Computing Works!.[5]

He currently works on applications of computer science in bioinformatics, defense, earthquake and ice-sheet science, particle physics, and chemical informatics. He was Director of FutureSystems, which was a cyberinfrastructure test to enable development of new approaches to scientific computing before it was dismembered in December, 2021. He is engaged in various projects to enhance the capabilities of minority serving institutions.

In 1989, he was elected to Fellow of the American Physical Society "for contributions centered on novel uses of computers; firstly, in the phenomenological comparison of theory and experiment in particle physics, and secondly, in the design and use of parallel computers".[6]


  1. ^ 'Cambridge Tripos Examination Results', Times, 20 June 1964, p. 5.
  2. ^ "Cosmic Cubism" (PDF). Engineering & Science. California Institute of Technology. March 1984.
  3. ^ "Northeast Parallel Architectures Center".
  4. ^ "Profile: Geoffrey Charles Fox". ResearchGate.
  5. ^ Fox, Geoffrey (1994). Parallel Computing Works!. Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 1-55860-253-4.
  6. ^ "APS Fellows Archive". APS. Retrieved October 3, 2020.


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