|Born||Goeffrey Brian West
1940 (age 76–77)
Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
|Institutions||Santa Fe Institute
Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of New Mexico
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge
|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|
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%.
Born in Taunton, Somerset, a rural town in western England, West moved to London when he was 13. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from the University of Cambridge and pursued graduate studies on the Pion at Stanford University.
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 and other power laws in biology.
- Brown, James H., and Geoffrey B. West, eds. Scaling in biology. Oxford University Press, 2000.
- West, Geoffrey B.; Brown, James H.; Enquist, Brian J. (1997). "A general model for the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology" (PDF). Science. 276 (5309): 122–126. doi:10.1126/science.276.5309.122. PMID 9082983.
- Gillooly, J. F.; Brown, J. H.; West, G. B.; Savage, V. M.; Charnov, E. L. (2001). "Effects of size and temperature on metabolic rate" (PDF). Science. 293 (5538): 2248–2251. doi:10.1126/science.1061967. PMID 11567137.
- Brown, J. H.; Gillooly, J. F.; Allen, A. P.; Savage, V. M.; West, G. B. (2004). "Toward a metabolic theory of ecology" (PDF). Ecology. 85 (7): 1771–1789. doi:10.1890/03-9000.
- West, Geoffrey (May 2013). "Wisdom in numbers". Forum. Scientific American. 308 (5): 7. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
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- 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 . PMID 17438298.
- "Geoffrey West". Physics Central. Retrieved 2006-05-02.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Time Magazine's article about West
- World Knowledge Dialogue
- 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.
- Geoffrey West's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- Geoffrey West publications in Google Scholar
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- "Yeah, but what about the crayfish?" - Article about West's scaling law work on PhysicsWorld.com
- Scaling Laws In Biology And Other Complex Systems - Talk he gave at Google
- The surprising math of cities and corporations - TED Talk
- "New York Times" article about West's work on biological scaling
- New York Times article about West's work on cities
- on YouTube