Réka Albert

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Réka Albert
Born (1972-03-02) 2 March 1972 (age 47)
CitizenshipFlag of Romania.svg Romanian
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungarian
Alma materBabes-Bolyai University (B.A., M.A.),
University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.)
Known forBarabási–Albert model,
research on scale-free networks
AwardsSloan Research Fellow (2004)
NSF CAREER award (2007)
Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award (2011)
Scientific career
Fieldspreferential attachment
InstitutionsPennsylvania State University

Réka Albert (born 2 March 1972, in Reghin[1]) is a Transylvanian-Hungarian scientist. She is professor of physics and adjunct professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University[2][3] and is noted for the Barabási–Albert model and research into scale-free networks and Boolean modeling of biological systems.


Albert obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1995 and 1996, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 2001.[3]


Albert is co-creator, together with Albert-László Barabási, of the Barabási–Albert algorithm for generating scale-free random graphs via preferential attachment (see Barabási–Albert model).

Her work extends to networks in a very general sense, involving for instance investigations on the error tolerance of the world-wide web[4][5] and on the vulnerability of the North American power grid.[6][7]

Her current research focuses on dynamic modeling of biological networks and systems biology.


Albert was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in 2004, was awarded an NSF CAREER Award in 2007 and received the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in 2011.[2][8]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Albert Réka". Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  2. ^ a b Reka Albert, Penn State Physics faculty page (downloaded July 14, 2014)
  3. ^ a b Reka Albert, Penn State Biology faculty page at Eberly College of Science (downloaded February 18, 2013)
  4. ^ C Chen (2003). Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization. Springer. pp. 96 ff. ISBN 978-1-85233-494-9. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  5. ^ Barabási A.-L., Albert R., Jeong H.: Scale-free characteristics of random networks: the topology of the world-wide web, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Vol. 281, Nrs. 1–4, 2000, pp. 69–77 doi:10.1016/S0378-4371(00)00018-2
  6. ^ Larry Ness, Ph.D. (5 July 2006). Securing Utility and Energy Infrastructures. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 31 ff. ISBN 978-0-470-05453-6. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  7. ^ Albert R., Albert I., Nakarado G.L.: Structural vulnerability of the North American power grid, Physical Review E, Vol. 69, Nr. 2, 2004, APS, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.69.025103, arXiv:cond-mat/0401084v1 (submitted 7 January 2004)
  8. ^ 2011 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award Recipient, American Physical Society (downloaded 18 February 2013)

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