Mehran Kardar

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Mehran Kardar
Known forKardar–Parisi–Zhang equation
Scientific career
FieldsStatistical Physics
Doctoral advisorNihat Berker

Mehran Kardar (Persian: مهران کاردار‎; August 1957) is an Iranian born physicist and professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute (USA). He received his B.A. in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1979, and obtained his Ph.D. from MIT in 1983. Kardar is particularly known for the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang (KPZ) equation[1] in theoretical physics, which has been named after him and collaborators. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.


  • 1976–78 Exhibition – Senior Scholarship at King's College, Cambridge University
  • 1978–79 Prizes based on performance in undergraduate (Tripos) exams
  • 1981–82 IBM Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 1983–86 Junior Fellowship, Harvard Society of Fellows
  • 1987–91 A. P. Sloan Fellowship
  • 1988 Fellow of Ashdown House (Graduate Dormitory), MIT
  • 1988 Bergmann Memorial Research Award
  • 1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 1990 Graduate Student Departmental Teaching Award
  • 1990–92 MIT Class of 1948 Professor (Career Development Chair)
  • 1991 Edgerton Award for Junior Faculty Achievements at MIT
  • 1992 The Beuchner Teaching Prize, Physics Department
  • 1993 School of Science Prize in Graduate Teaching
  • 2001 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2007 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 2008 School of Science Prize in Graduate Teaching
  • 2009 APS Outstanding Referee
  • 2009 Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2011 Francis Freidman Professor, Physics Department, MIT
  • 2018 Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2020 Simons Fellow in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Courses at MIT OpenCourseWare[edit]

His following courses are currently available on MIT OCW.



  • Statistical Physics of Fields. University of Cambridge Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-521-87341-3,
  • Statistical Physics of Particles. University of Cambridge Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-521-87342-0,

and of about 200 scientific papers[2]


  1. ^ Mehran Kardar, Giorgio Parisi, and Yi-Cheng Zhang, Dynamic Scaling of Growing Interfaces, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 58, 889–892 (1986). APS
  2. ^ Mehran Kardar's Publications

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