Geoffrey West

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Geoffrey West
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Born Goeffrey Brian West
1940 (age 76–77)[citation needed]
Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
Residence United States
Fields Theoretical physics
Theoretical biology
Institutions Santa Fe Institute
Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of New Mexico
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Stanford University
Thesis I. Form Factors of the Three-Body Nuclei II. Coulomb Scattering and the Form Factor of the Pion (1966)
Known for Metabolic theory of ecology
Notable awards Mercer Award[citation needed]
Spouse Jacqueline West

Geoffrey Brian West (born c. 1940) is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute. He is one of the leading scientists working on a scientific model of cities. Among other things his work states that with the doubling of a city's size, services per capita will generally increase by 15%.[1]


Born in Taunton, Somerset, a rural town in western England, West moved to London when he was 13.[2] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from the University of Cambridge and pursued graduate studies on the Pion at Stanford University.[3]

West became a Stanford faculty member before he joined the particle theory group at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory. After Los Alamos, he became president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he worked and works on biological issues such as the allometric law[4] and other power laws in biology.[5][6]

West has since been honored as one of Time magazine's Time 100.[7] He is a member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Scientific Board.[8]



  • Brown, James H., and Geoffrey B. West, eds. Scaling in biology. Oxford University Press, 2000.


See also the following aggregation services or saved searches:

  1. Scopus[10]
  2. Microsoft Academic Search[11]
  3. Google Scholar[12]


  1. ^ Bettencourt, L. M. A.; Lobo, J.; Helbing, D.; Kuhnert, C.; West, G. B. (2007). "Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (17): 7301–7306. Bibcode:2007PNAS..104.7301B. doi:10.1073/pnas.0610172104. PMC 1852329Freely accessible. PMID 17438298. 
  2. ^ "Geoffrey West". Physics Central. Retrieved 2006-05-02. 
  3. ^ West, Geoffrey Brian (1966). I. Form Factors of the Three-Body Nuclei II. Coulomb Scattering and the Form Factor of the Pion (PhD thesis). Stanford University. 
  4. ^ West, G. B.; Brown, J. H.; Enquist, B. J. (1997). "A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology". Science. 276 (5309): 122–126. doi:10.1126/science.276.5309.122. PMID 9082983. 
  5. ^ West, G. B.; Brown, J. H.; Enquist, B. J. (2001). "A general model for ontogenetic growth". Nature. 413 (6856): 628–631. Bibcode:2001Natur.413..628W. doi:10.1038/35098076. PMID 11675785. 
  6. ^ Gillooly, J. F.; Brown, J. H.; West, G. B.; Savage, V. M.; Charnov, E. L. (2001). "Effects of Size and Temperature on Metabolic Rate". Science. 293 (5538): 2248–2251. Bibcode:2001Sci...293.2248G. doi:10.1126/science.1061967. PMID 11567137. 
  7. ^ Time Magazine's article about West
  8. ^ World Knowledge Dialogue
  9. ^ Scientific American often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It" online.
  10. ^ Geoffrey West's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  11. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  12. ^ Geoffrey West publications in Google Scholar

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