Raymond E. Goldstein

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Ray Goldstein
Raymond Ethan Goldstein

(1961-12-01) 1 December 1961 (age 57)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisStudies of phase transitions and critical phenomena: I. Origin of broken particle-hole symmetry in critical fluids. II. Phase transitions of interacting membranes (1988)
Doctoral advisorNeil Ashcroft[4]
Doctoral students

Raymond Ethan Goldstein (born 1961) FRS[2] FInstP is Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge[13][14] and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.[3]


Goldstein was educated at the West Orange Public Schools and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with double major Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Chemistry in 1983.[15] He continued his education at Cornell University where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Physics in 1986, followed by a PhD in 1988[1] for research on phase transitions and critical phenomena supervised by Neil Ashcroft.[4]


Goldstein's research[7][16][17][18][19] focuses on understanding nonequilibrium phenomena in the natural world,[20] with particular emphasis on biophysics[21][22] and has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[23] and the European Union 7th Framework Programme on Research & Innovation (FP7). His research has been published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,[18][24][25][26][27] Physical Review Letters,[7][16][17][22][28] and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.[3][29][30]


Goldstein has held academic appointments at the University of Chicago, Princeton University and the University of Arizona. He was appointed Schlumberger Professor at the University of Cambridge in 2006.[20]

Awards and honours[edit]

Goldstein was awarded the Stefanos Pnevmatikos International Award in 2000.[31] he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) in 2009 and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) in 2010.[3] With Joseph Keller, Patrick B. Warren and Robin C. Ball, Goldstein was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 2012 for calculating the forces that shape and move ponytail hair.[28][32]

Goldstein was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013. His nomination reads:

He was awarded the 2016 Batchelor Prize of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for his research into active matter fluid mechanics.[33]


  1. ^ a b c Goldstein, Raymond Ethan (1988). Studies of phase transitions and critical phenomena: I. Origin of broken particle-hole symmetry in critical fluids. II. Phase transitions of interacting membranes (PhD thesis). Cornell University. OCLC 892818953.
  2. ^ a b c d "Professor Raymond Goldstein FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d GOLDSTEIN, Prof. Raymond Ethan. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c d Raymond E. Goldstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Coombs, Daniel (2001). Dynamics of travelling helicity fronts in bacterial flagella (PhD thesis). University of Arizona. OCLC 880157162.
  6. ^ Dombrowski, Christopher Charles (2007). Bacterial motility: From propulsion to collective behavior (PhD thesis). University of Arizona. OCLC 659748162.
  7. ^ a b c Dombrowski, C.; Cisneros, L.; Chatkaew, S.; Goldstein, R. E.; Kessler, J. O. (2004). "Self-Concentration and Large-Scale Coherence in Bacterial Dynamics". Physical Review Letters. 93 (9): 098103. Bibcode:2004PhRvL..93i8103D. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.098103. PMID 15447144.
  8. ^ Drescher, Knut (2011). Physical aspects of multicellular behaviour (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890150093.
  9. ^ "People in the Goldstein lab". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014.
  10. ^ McGregor, Juliette Elizabeth (2011). Imaging dynamic biological processes (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890150121.
  11. ^ "Francis Woodhouse homepage". fwoodhouse.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014.
  12. ^ Woodhouse, Francis Gordon (2014). Cytoplasmic streaming and self-organisation of active matter (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
  13. ^ Raymond E. Goldstein publications indexed by Google Scholar
  14. ^ Raymond E. Goldstein's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Raymond E. Goldstein, Curriculum Vitae". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008.
  16. ^ a b Sokolov, A.; Aranson, I. S.; Kessler, J. O.; Goldstein, R. E. (2007). "Concentration Dependence of the Collective Dynamics of Swimming Bacteria". Physical Review Letters. 98 (15): 158102. Bibcode:2007PhRvL..98o8102S. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.158102. PMID 17501387.
  17. ^ a b Goldstein, R. E.; Petrich, D. M. (1991). "The Korteweg–de Vries hierarchy as dynamics of closed curves in the plane". Physical Review Letters. 67 (23): 3203–3206. Bibcode:1991PhRvL..67.3203G. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.67.3203. PMID 10044673.
  18. ^ a b Drescher, K; Dunkel, J; Cisneros, L. H.; Ganguly, S; Goldstein, R. E. (2011). "Fluid dynamics and noise in bacterial cell-cell and cell-surface scattering". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108 (27): 10940–5. arXiv:1107.2176. Bibcode:2011PNAS..10810940D. doi:10.1073/pnas.1019079108. PMC 3131322. PMID 21690349. open access
  19. ^ Brumley, D. R.; Wan, K. Y.; Polin, M.; Goldstein, R. E. (2014). "Flagellar synchronization through direct hydrodynamic interactions". eLife. 3. doi:10.7554/eLife.02750. PMC 4113993. PMID 25073925. open access
  20. ^ a b "Raymond E. Goldstein, Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006.
  21. ^ Brody, J. P.; Yager, P.; Goldstein, R. E.; Austin, R. H. (1996). "Biotechnology at low Reynolds numbers". Biophysical Journal. 71 (6): 3430. Bibcode:1996BpJ....71.3430B. doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(96)79538-3.
  22. ^ a b Höhn, S.; Honerkamp-Smith, A. R.; Haas, P. A.; Trong, P. K.; Goldstein, R. E. (2015). "Dynamics of a Volvox Embryo Turning Itself Inside Out". Physical Review Letters. 114 (17): 178101. arXiv:1409.1474. Bibcode:2015PhRvL.114q8101H. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.178101. PMID 25978266.
  23. ^ "UK Government Research Grants awarded to Raymond Goldstein". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  24. ^ Lushi, E; Wioland, H; Goldstein, R. E. (2014). "Fluid flows created by swimming bacteria drive self-organization in confined suspensions". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111 (27): 9733–8. arXiv:1407.3633. Bibcode:2014PNAS..111.9733L. doi:10.1073/pnas.1405698111. PMC 4103334. PMID 24958878. open access
  25. ^ Goldstein, R. E.; McTavish, J; Moffatt, H. K.; Pesci, A. I. (2014). "Boundary singularities produced by the motion of soap films". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111 (23): 8339–44. arXiv:1407.1246. Bibcode:2014PNAS..111.8339G. doi:10.1073/pnas.1406385111. PMC 4060716. PMID 24843162.
  26. ^ Woodhouse, F. G.; Goldstein, R. E. (2013). "Cytoplasmic streaming in plant cells emerges naturally by microfilament self-organization". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110 (35): 14132. arXiv:1308.6422. Bibcode:2013PNAS..11014132W. doi:10.1073/pnas.1302736110. PMC 3761564. PMID 23940314.
  27. ^ Kantsler, V; Dunkel, J; Polin, M; Goldstein, R. E. (2013). "Ciliary contact interactions dominate surface scattering of swimming eukaryotes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110 (4): 1187–92. arXiv:1301.4099. Bibcode:2013PNAS..110.1187K. doi:10.1073/pnas.1210548110. PMC 3557090. PMID 23297240.
  28. ^ a b Goldstein, R.; Warren, P.; Ball, R. (2012). "Shape of a Ponytail and the Statistical Physics of Hair Fiber Bundles" (PDF). Physical Review Letters. 108 (7): 078101. arXiv:1204.0371. Bibcode:2012PhRvL.108g8101G. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.078101. PMID 22401258.
  29. ^ Van De Meent, J. N. W.; Sederman, A. J.; Gladden, L. F.; Goldstein, R. E. (2009). "Measurement of cytoplasmic streaming in single plant cells by magnetic resonance velocimetry". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 642: 5. arXiv:0904.2707. Bibcode:2010JFM...642....5V. doi:10.1017/S0022112009992187.
  30. ^ Cousins, T. R.; Goldstein, R. E.; Jaworski, J. W.; Pesci, A. I. (2012). "A ratchet trap for Leidenfrost drops". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 696: 215. Bibcode:2012JFM...696..215C. doi:10.1017/jfm.2012.27.
  31. ^ "Recipients". University of Crete. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Ray Goldstein Shares 2012 Ig Nobel Prize for Physics". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013.
  33. ^ "The G K Batchelor Prize for 2016 is awarded to Professor Raymond E. Goldstein FRS, Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Fellow of Churchill College". Cambridge University. Retrieved 7 December 2016.