José Mendes (physicist)

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José Fernando F. Mendes
José Fernando Mendes
Born (1962-06-22) June 22, 1962 (age 57)
ResidenceAveiro, Portugal
Alma materUniversity of Porto
Known forResearch of Network theory, Complex networks, Complex systems, scale-free networks
AwardsGulbenkian Prize Science, 2004; Fellow of the Network Science Society, 2019; Fellow of the APS (2019).
Scientific career
InstitutionsDepartment of Physics, University of Aveiro
Doctoral advisorEduardo Lage

José F.F. Mendes (born in Porto on June 22, 1962) is a Portuguese physicist (statistical physics) and professor of physics, best known for his work and contributions to the field of network theory.

Mendes was head of the Physics Department from December 2004 to February 2010. From October 2009 to February 2010 he was director of the Associated Laboratory of the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (I3N).

From February 2010 to February 2018 served as vice-rector for Research and Doctoral Studies at the University of Aveiro.

Academic career[edit]

In 1983 he entered the University of Porto and graduated in physics in 1987. He gained his master's diploma in 1990. In 1987 he was an assistant in the Department of Physics, University of Porto. As a graduate student he visited as several universities as a researcher, including Oxford, Geneva, the Ciy University of New York, and São Paulo. After finishing his Ph.D., he became an assistant professor in the same department. In 1996 he did a one year postdoctoral fellowship in Boston University under the supervision of Sid Redner. In 2002 did his "habilitation". In 2002, he became an associate professor at University of Aveiro and in 2005 a professor. He was invited as professor by Henri Poincaré University (Nancy) and Universidade Federal Minas Gerais.


His research has focused in the last years on the study of properties of Complex Networks. The corollary of this research is the book Evolution of Networks: from biological nets to the Internet and WWW (co-author with Sergey Dorogovtsev) published in 2003 by Oxford University Press,

"This book is the first technical text on the currently fashionable field of complex networks. It represents an attempt to review the astonishing progress made in this subject during recent years, both from a theoretical and empirical point of view." - Marian Boguñá

and is one of the most highly respected references in the field of small-world network and Complex network.

"Professors Dorogovtsev and Mendes are well known for their important contributions in this field of research ..."
"This book is the first technical text on the currently fashionable field of complex networksI strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in this new and interdisciplinary field of research." --Journal of Statistical Physics
"Evolution of Networks offers an excellent foundation from which the fast-paced field can be approached with confidence. It would be an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in networks."--Physics Today

With Sergey Dorogovtsev they introduced recently a new index o-index that measures the relative performance of researchers.[1]


Prize Gulbenkian Ciência (2004).
Member of Academia Europaea since (2012).
Member of American Physical Society (APS) (2017).
Member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Fisica.
Member of The Complex Systems Society.
Fellow of the Network Science Society. (2019)
Fellow of the American Physical society (2019)

Selected publications[edit]


  • Dorogovtsev, S.N. and Mendes, J.F.F., Evolution of Networks: from biological networks to the Internet and WWW, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-19-851590-1
  • Mendes, J.F.F., Dorogovtsev, S.N., Povolotsky, A., Abreu, F. and Oliveira, J.G. (Editors), Science of Complex Networks: From Biology to the Internet and WWW, AIP Conference Proceedings, Mathematical and Statistical Physics, Vol. 776, (Hardcover - July 12, 2005)

Review Articles:

  • Dorogovtsev, S.N. and Mendes,J.F.F., Evolution of Networks, Adv. Phys. 51, 1079 (2002) arXiv:cond-mat/0106144
  • Dorogovtsev, Goltsev, S.V. and Mendes, J.F.F., Critical phenomena in complex networks, Rev. Mod. Phys. 80, 1275 (2008) arXiv:0705.0010


  • Dorogovtsev, SN; Mendes, JFF; Samukhin, AN, "Structure of growing networks with preferential linking", PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 85,4633-4636 (2000)
  • Dorogovtsev, SN; Goltsev, AV; Mendes, JFF, "Pseudofractal scale-free web", PHYSICAL REVIEW E65, 066122 (2002)
  • Dorogovtsev, SN; Mendes, JFF, "Evolution of networks with aging of sites", PHYSICAL REVIEW E62, 1842-1845 (2000)
  • Dorogovtsev, SN; Goltsev, AV; Mendes, JFF, "k-core organization of complex networks", PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 96, 040601 (2006)
  • da Costa, R. A.; Dorogovtsev, S. N.; Goltsev, A. V. and Mendes, JFF, "Explosive Percolation Transition is Actually Continuous", PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 105, 255701 (2010)


  1. ^ Dorogovtsev, S.N.; Mendes, J.F.F. (2015). "Ranking Scientists". Nature Physics. 11: 882–884. arXiv:1511.01545. Bibcode:2015NatPh..11..882D. doi:10.1038/nphys3533.

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