Raymond E. Goldstein

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Ray Goldstein
Raymond Ethan Goldstein

(1961-12-01) 1 December 1961 (age 62)[4]
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[3]

Raymond Ethan Goldstein (born 1961) FRS[1] FInstP is the Alan Turing Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge[5][6] and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.[2]


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.[7] 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[4] for research on phase transitions and critical phenomena supervised by Neil Ashcroft.[3]


Goldstein's research[8][9][10][11][12] focuses on understanding nonequilibrium phenomena in the natural world,[13] with particular emphasis on biophysics[14][15] and has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[16] 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,[11][17][18][19][20] Physical Review Letters,[8][9][10][15][21] and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.[2][22][23]


Goldstein has held academic appointments at the University of Chicago, Princeton University and the University of Arizona. He was appointed Schlumberger Professor (subsequently renamed the Alan Turing Professor) at the University of Cambridge in 2006.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]

Goldstein was awarded the Stefanos Pnevmatikos International Award in 2000.[24] He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002,[25] Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) in 2009 and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) in 2010.[2] 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.[21][26]

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

Raymond Goldstein is an internationally recognised leader in the fields of biological physics and nonlinear dynamics. He is distinguished for having made important mathematical contributions to those subjects as well as pioneering experimental discoveries. His broad-ranging contributions include classic work on the dynamics of pattern formation driven by long-range forces, the differential geometry of interfacial pattern formation, and the explanation for the shapes of stalactites. He has made seminal experimental contributions to the study of active matter, including developing a class of green algae as model organisms for the study of biological fluid dynamics, the physics of multicellularity, and the synchronisation of eukaryotic flagella.[1]

He was awarded the 2016 Batchelor Prize of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for his research into active matter fluid mechanics.,[27] and the Institute of Physics Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize for revealing the physical basis for fluid motion in and around active cells.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Goldstein married Argentine mathematical physicist Adriana Pesci.[29]


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  2. ^ a b c d "GOLDSTEIN, Prof. Raymond Ethan". Who's Who. Vol. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b Raymond E. Goldstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ 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.
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  7. ^ "Raymond E. Goldstein, Curriculum Vitae". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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 icon
  12. ^ Brumley, D. R.; Wan, K. Y.; Polin, M.; Goldstein, R. E. (2014). "Flagellar synchronization through direct hydrodynamic interactions". eLife. 3: e02750. arXiv:1403.2100. doi:10.7554/eLife.02750. PMC 4113993. PMID 25073925. Open access icon
  13. ^ a b "Raymond E. Goldstein, Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006.
  14. ^ Brody, J. P.; Yager, P.; Goldstein, R. E.; Austin, R. H. (1996). "Biotechnology at low Reynolds numbers". Biophysical Journal. 71 (6): 3430–3441. Bibcode:1996BpJ....71.3430B. doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(96)79538-3. PMC 1233830. PMID 8968612.
  15. ^ 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. S2CID 10209804.
  16. ^ "UK Government Research Grants awarded to Raymond Goldstein". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  17. ^ 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 icon
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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): 14132–7. arXiv:1308.6422. Bibcode:2013PNAS..11014132W. doi:10.1073/pnas.1302736110. PMC 3761564. PMID 23940314.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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. S2CID 31964168.
  22. ^ 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: 5–14. arXiv:0904.2707. Bibcode:2010JFM...642....5V. doi:10.1017/S0022112009992187. S2CID 14176524.
  23. ^ Cousins, T. R.; Goldstein, R. E.; Jaworski, J. W.; Pesci, A. I. (2012). "A ratchet trap for Leidenfrost drops". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 696: 215–227. Bibcode:2012JFM...696..215C. doi:10.1017/jfm.2012.27. S2CID 49549285.
  24. ^ "Recipients". University of Crete. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  25. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". APS. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Ray Goldstein Shares 2012 Ig Nobel Prize for Physics". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013.
  27. ^ "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. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  28. ^ "2016 Franklin Medal and prize of the Institute of Physics". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Where Are They Now? APS News Finds Out What Happened to the Previous Winners of the Apker Award". APS News. 9 (10). American Physical Society. November 2000.