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David P. Ruelle
|Alma mater||Université Libre de Bruxelles|
Institute for Advanced Study
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
David Pierre Ruelle (French: [l]; born 20 August 1935) is a Belgian-French mathematical physicist. He has worked on statistical physics and dynamical systems. With Floris Takens, Ruelle coined the term strange attractor, and founded a new theory of turbulence.
Ruelle studied physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, obtaining a Ph.D. degree in 1959 (prepared at ETH Zurich ). He spent two years (1960-1962) at the ETH Zurich, and another two years (1962-1964) at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1964, he became Professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. Since 2000, he is an Emeritus Professor at IHES and distinguished visiting professor at Rutgers University.
In 1985, Ruelle was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics. In 1986, he received the Boltzmann Medal for his outstanding contributions to statistical mechanics, and in 1993 the Holweck Prize. In 2004, he received the Matteucci Medal, and in 2006 the Henri Poincaré Prize. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2014, he was awarded the Max Planck Medal for his achievements in theoretical physics.