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Martin Nowak

Professional Background:

Martin Nowak

Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including the evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Nowak is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Weldon Memorial Prize of Oxford University, the David Starr Jordan Prize of Stanford University, and the Akira Okubo Prize. He is the author of over 400 papers and four books. Evolutionary Dynamics (2006) provides an overview of the powerful yet simple laws that govern the evolution of living systems. SuperCooperators (2011) argues that cooperation is the third fundamental principle of evolution beside mutation and selection. Before his tenure at Harvard he held positions at the University of Oxford and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. 


1983-1989  University of Vienna, studying Biochemistry and Mathematics
1985  First Diploma: Biochemistry (with highest honors)
1987  Diploma thesis: Theoretical Chemistry
1987  Second Diploma: Biochemistry (with highest honors)
1987-1989  Doctoral thesis: Mathematics
1989  Doctor rerum naturalium (sub auspiciis praesidentis)

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